Cataracts

No Need for Expensive Hospital Visits

Thanks to modern cataract surgery in Michigan, there’s no more need to incur the cost of expensive hospital visits to remove your cataracts. Today, you can have modern cataract surgery performed at Yaldo Eye Center’s outpatient surgical facility. The surgery only takes a matter of minutes. After follow up instructions and rest, you’ll be home in just a few hours.

During your pre-operative evaluation at Yaldo Eye Center, your eye surgeon will discuss all the Intraocular Lens (IOL) options available to you and help determine which will work best for you. The ReZoom®, ReStor®, Crystalens® and Technis® multifocal IOLs used at Yaldo Eye Center can restore close, distance and intermediate vision, reducing or eliminating your need for glasses. You can also consider the option of receiving high definition lenses combined with the repair of astigmatism. This “HighDef” implant option allows you even more freedom from glasses after cataract surgery.

Treatment for Cataracts and Cataract Symptoms

A cataract develops when the natural clear lens located behind your iris becomes cloudy. The clouding prevents light from passing through to the back of the eye (the retina). As a cataract forms, you may notice problems with your vision. Common symptoms of a cataract include a dimming, blurring or clouding of your vision. A glare or halo may surround objects in bright light. Colors may seem washed out. Double vision also can sometimes occur. You may experience difficulties in driving, especially at night, doing detail work, reading and watching television.

Each year, approximately 1.5 million people in the United States have cataract surgery. In addition to aging, other factors may lead to the development of cataracts. Eye injuries, previous eye surgery and intraocular inflammation can lead to an early onset of cataracts. Excessive exposure to sunlight, medications such as steroids, a high-salt diet and medical problems such as diabetes are all risk factors in developing cataracts. Once the cataract reaches a certain stage, a new eyeglass or contact lens prescription will no longer improve your sight. To return clear sight, the cataract must be removed.

If you choose to have modern cataract eye surgery in Michigan at Yaldo Eye Center, the procedure is safe and convenient, and recovery is relatively quick, painless and comfortable. You’ll be given an anesthetic to numb the eye and an IV will deliver medications to keep you relaxed. Cataract removal uses an ultrasonic technique called phaecoemulsification. During the procedure, an ultrasonic tip is placed through a no-stitch clear cornea incision which is so small it seals on its own. The tip fragments the cataract into very tiny pieces which are removed through a small suction tube. Once the cloudy lens has been removed, an intraocular lens implant takes the place of your natural lens.

Another recent advancement in cataract surgery is where a laser (called a Femtosecond Laser) is used to fragment the cataract into small pieces.

In most cases, one eye is done, and then, based upon your medical history and other factors, the second eye is done one week later. Your eye surgeon at Yaldo Eye Center will recommend the right course of treatment for you.

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