If you have cataracts and are considering your treatment options, there
are a few things you should know before jumping in to treatment. In an
article published in the
New York Times, Dr. Marian Macsai outlines five things she thinks all
cataract patients should know.
Although they affect your vision, cataracts do not damage your eye. Unlike other eye diseases, like
glaucoma, in most cases, cataracts don’t cause injury to the eye. Treatment
isn’t necessary to avoid eye damage, but simply to clear vision.
Cataract surgerymight be performed one eye at a time. Due to the varying progression of cataracts, your ophthalmologist may decide
to perform cataract surgery one eye at a time.
There can be some complications from cataract surgery. Cataract surgery is safe, but with any surgery, there is a small chance
of complications. The most serious infection is infection, which occurs
in one out of every 500-1000 cataract replacement procedures. Other complications
include difficulty removing all the pieces of the lens that is being removed.
Choosing to work with the experienced ophthalmological surgeons at Key-Whitman,
you will be in good hands during your treatment.
You may have an option for your choice of replacement lens. There are more options for lens replacements than the standard monofocal
lens. Key-Whitman offers
Tecnis® multifocal lenses to correct near and far vision and eliminate your need for reading glasses.
If you have astigmatism,
AcrySof® IQ Toriclenses may be an option for your replacement.
Talk to your doctor about the best choice in lens replacement for your
vision needs. If you aren’t bothered or restricted by reading glasses, monofocal
lenses may be the best choice for you. Be sure to discuss all the pros
and cons of lens options with your doctor before you commit to surgery.
If you are considering treatment for cataracts, contact Key-Whitman to
schedule a comprehensive exam. We will be able to discuss all of your options with you. As with any
medical procedure, it’s best to do your research prior to committing
to treatment. Key-Whitman will help explain all of your options to you.
Are you considering treatment for cataracts? What are some of your primary
concerns or questions? Let us know in the comments below!