Does Cataract Surgery Correct Vision

December 27th, 2023

Blurry, hazy images. Dull or yellowed colors. Reliance on brighter lights at nighttime or in low-light settings. These are all symptoms of cataracts, a common age-related condition that impairs the vision of millions of adults. You deserve to see clearly — and a simple cataract surgery can significantly improve your quality of life by restoring your vision.

How Cataracts Affect Vision

It’s common for our vision to become blurry or cloudy as we age, almost as though we’re looking through a foggy window. This can be one of the first indications of cataract development. Each eye has a natural lens positioned behind the iris, which is the colored portion of the eye. The lens consists of proteins, called crystallins, and water. It focuses light to create a clear, crisp image on the retina. Over time, the proteins break down and group together, clouding the lens and forming a cataract. Cataracts typically develop slowly over the years and may not be noticeable for decades, so regular eye exams are key for early diagnosis.

Correct Your Vision with Cataract Surgery

Cataracts can be managed in the early stages using brighter lights, anti-glare sunglasses, or updated corrective lens prescriptions. Without treatment, though, cataracts can eventually lead to complete vision loss. Cataract surgery can remove the cataract and reverse its effects. Surgery is typically performed one eye at a time, at least one week apart, to allow for healing. Different surgical techniques offer options to best meet your unique needs. Most surgeries use a process called phacoemulsification. With this technique, the surgeon administers a local anesthesia and creates a microscopic incision using a blade (traditional cataract surgery) or laser (laser-assisted cataract surgery). They replace the clouded lens through the incision with one made of silicone, acrylic, or plastic, called an artificial intraocular lens (IOL).

The cataract surgery experts at Swagel Wootton Eye Institute are trained to use the most advanced technology and offer the latest IOL options for your safety, comfort, and positive outcomes. Monofocal IOLs support fixed focus for a single distance and generally require corrective lenses after surgery. Medicare traditionally covers these IOLs. Our premium IOLs include toric IOLs, which help correct astigmatism, and multifocal IOLs, which accommodate focus at different distances.

Consult the Cataract Experts at Swagel Wootton Eye Institute

Cataract surgery is a safe and effective procedure with proven results for millions of people. Outcomes can vary by individual, but we’re here to help you understand your condition and options for achieving your optimal vision goals. During your cataract surgery consultation, our team will help you determine your best lens option based on your condition, vision goals, lifestyle, and budget. We’ll review what you can expect before, during, and after your surgery and do all we can to ensure your positive experience. Come see us today and get the clear vision you deserve.