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Keeping Your Eyes and Vision Healthy as You Age

Yes, it is true that the body naturally degenerates some as we age. However, this need not be as devastating as it is often presented to be. The truth is, with the right habits and knowledge, we can live active, full, and vibrant lives well into our senior years. Of course, health care is central to that vitality and our mobility and sight are key components of good health and daily living. Vision Loss For the purposes of this piece, we will be taking a closer look at our eyes, including the conditions that can affect them as we approach and live through our senior years, as well as how we can take the best care of our eyes so we can continue to comfortably and independently engage with the world around us.Yes, it is true that the body naturally degenerates some as we age. However, this need not be as devastating as it is often presented to be. The truth is, with the right habits and knowledge, we can live active, full, and vibrant lives well into our senior years. Of course, health care is central to that vitality and our mobility and sight are key components of good health and daily living. For the purposes of this piece, we will be taking a closer look at our eyes, including the conditions that can affect them as we approach and live through our senior years, as well as how we can take the best care of our eyes so we can continue to comfortably and independently engage with the world around us.

Seeing Clearly Until We Don’t

For most of us, 20/20 vision and the general good health of our eyes is something we take for granted in our youth and sometimes even middle life. As we continue to age, however, the condition of our eyes can deteriorate significantly as do so many of our other faculties. If we are not careful, soon enough, the vision we took for granted becomes a faded memory. Still, the more we are armed with information, the better the position we are in to take the best possible care of our eyes and to ensure that our eyes remain healthy as possible as we age.

First Things First: Knowledge Is Power

The adage is as true in our senior years as it was in our youth – knowledge is power and ignorance is not bliss. What you do not know can harm you, but what you do know can help you. As we learn more about our eyes and what can happen to them as we age, we are better able to treat them well and preserve our sight. Some of the common conditions of the eyes to be expected during aging include Macular Degeneration, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Dry Eye, and Diabetic Eye Disease. We will take a closer look at each condition by assessing the causes, symptoms, and treatments of each in the section below.

5 Conditions of the Eyes to Start Thinking About As You Age.

Macular Degeneration

One of the most common eyes conditions associated with aging, Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss among aging Americans and occurs when the Macular (the center of the eye) deteriorates to the point of becoming blocked – resulting in a blurry vision (sometimes referred to as a blind spot) in the center of the eye. Persons with Macular Degeneration do not usually experience complete blindness. However, they may find it increasingly difficult to read, drive, recognize the faces of loved ones, and perform everyday tasks. Parts of the eye

Causes and Symptoms

This condition typically occurs in older adults, and genetic factors and bad lifestyle habits like smoking play a role in the onset of the condition. Symptoms of Macular Degeneration include:
– Distorted vision evidenced by straight lines appearing wavy and some parts of the grid disappearing altogether
– Slow return to normal vision after exposure to bright light(s)
– Being unable to properly differentiate color due to a reduction in contrast sensitivity
– Central vision is significantly deteriorated while peripheral vision stays intact

 Detection and Treatment:

There are no signs or symptoms in the early stages of the condition. Instead, one’s vision gets gradually worse as time progresses. The condition may affect both or one of the eyes. Currently, there are no treatment options or cure that can help restore vision already lost. Instead, there are treatments such as anti-VEGF medication (that is injected into the eye), photodynamic therapy, and laser coagulation that can be used to slow the deterioration of the eyes. As far as prevention of the condition is concerned, healthy habits such as not smoking, eating well, and exercising regularly all prove to be useful.

Diabetic Eye Diseases

Diabetic Eye Diseases is the name given to diseases of the eyes that stem from having Diabetes or affects those who have Diabetes. As such, there are different kinds of Diabetic Eye Diseases, all of which have the potential to cause full blindness or otherwise significant vision loss. One of the most common kinds of Diabetic Eye Disease is called Diabetic Retinopathy. Diabetic Retinopathy damages the retina, resulting in vision loss and impairment. Diabetic Macular Edema (DME) is another kind that results from having Diabetic Retinopathy. DME refers to the swelling in the Macular (an area in the center of the retina located at the back of the eyes).  Diabetic Eye Diseases can happen at any age and therefore can occur before you get to your senior years.

Causes and Symptoms

Diabetic Retinopathy occurs when the retina (located at the back of the eyes) become damaged by blood vessels in the retina to bleed or leak fluid, thereby distorting vision and in some cases causing full blindness. DME is caused when the buildup of fluid in the retina that causes Diabetic Retinopathy builds up in the Macula region of the retina. DME can happen at any stage of Diabetic Retinopathy but is most common at the worst stages of the disease. The longer a person has Diabetes type 1 or 2, the greater the chance of contracting one of these conditions. Glaucoma and Cataracts can result from living with Diabetes.
Some of the symptoms of Diabetic Retinopathy and DME include seeing floating spots which sometimes clear on their own. However, if it does not and the disease progresses undetected, blurred vision becomes the major symptom. If you have Diabetes and are experiencing blurred vision, then it is important to get tested.

Detection and Treatment

Both Diabetic Retinopathy and DME are detected using a dilated eye exam which includes an Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), Pupil Dilation, Tonometry, and Visual Acuity Testing. The combination of each method results in a comprehensive exam that allows the doctor to check for a range of symptoms on the retina like leaking blood vessels, damage to nerve tissue, any swelling in the Macula, changes in the lens and damage to nerve tissue.
Once detected, DME can be treated using:• Corticosteroids being injected directly into the eye,• In focal Macular laser surgery, or • Anti-VEG Injection Therapy.

There are also different kinds of treatments available for Diabetic Retinopathy depending on the severity of the condition. For example, surgically removing the vitreous gel located in the center of the eyes (the procedure known as a Vitrectomy) is used to treat the severe bleeding into the Vitreous caused by the condition.

Cataracts

Cataracts is the name used to describe when the eyes’ lens is cloudy. They tend to occur as people age, however, they can occur at an earlier age for those who have Diabetes. Also, persons with Diabetes are 2 to 5 times more likely than those without the condition to contract cataracts. By the time they get to 80 years, about 50% of Americans will either have Cataracts or have already had them removed by surgery. Like many other conditions of the eyes, Cataracts can occur in either one or both of the eyes. They can also increase in size, or grow slowly. As they grow, vision will get worse. Four types of cataract are Secondary cataract, Traumatic cataract, Congenital cataract, and Radiation cataract.

Causes and Symptoms

The lens of the eyes lie behind the pupil and the iris and behaves in a similar manner to a camera lens. The lens focuses light on the retina so that an image is recorded and adjusts the focus to near and far so we get to see. Importantly, the lens is made up of protein and water. Cataracts generally occur when the protein clumps and clouds the lens reducing the amount of light that gets to the retina – and therefore the quality of the image that the eyes see. Cataracts can form after undergoing other kinds of eye surgery (secondary cataract), having an injury to the eye (traumatic cataract), being born with them or developing them after childhood (congenital cataract) or developing after radiation exposure (radiation cataract).

Due to the fact that Cataracts cloud the lens of the eyes, one of the symptoms of the condition is increasingly dull and blurry vision. The clear lens become brownish/yellowish in color with age and vision may take on this said discoloration. Other symptoms include:• Faded color• Seeing a halo around bright lights and a constant glare• Having poor night vision• Having double vision in one eye• Needing frequent prescription changes for prescribed contact lenses or eyeglasses.

Detection and Treatment

As is the case with Diabetic Eye Disease, a comprehensive eye exam is needed to detect the presence of cataracts. This comprehensive eye examination includes a visual acuity test, a dilated eye exam, and using a tonometry. Once detected, a cataract can be treated in several different ways depending on the size of the cataract and the kind. For example, in the early stages, cataracts can be improved using anti-glare sunglasses, brighter lighting, and new eyeglasses. Should these options be ineffective, surgery to remove the cloudy lens to replace it with an artificial lens is the next step. As a rule, cataracts should only be removed when loss of vision begins interfering with daily activities like driving, reading, or watching television.

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is the name given to a group of diseases that damages the nerve fibers that connect the eyes to the brain. This bundle of nerve fiber is known as the optic nerve. There are various types of glaucoma. When left untreated, Glaucoma can result in irreversible damage to the optic nerve. Unsurprisingly, Diabetes can significantly increase the risk of glaucoma-causing it to occur earlier and more intensely.

Older woman beginning to suffer from glaucoma

Causes and Symptoms

Glaucoma has many causes, the most common of which is elevated eye pressure. That is, the eye produces a fluid known as the aqueous, and that fluid must drain from the eyes in order to maintain healthy eye pressure. Once this is affected and the eye pressure becomes elevated, one can develop Glaucoma.

Detection and Treatment

Admittedly, there is usually no noticeable symptoms for Glaucoma at the onset making it difficult to detect before the condition progresses. However, a comprehensive dilated eye exam can be used to detect early changes in the optic nerve and is consequently a good exam to help detect Glaucoma in the early stages. As we age and are consequently at a higher risk for Glaucoma, it is recommended that one does a comprehensive dilated exam every one to two years. This exam is especially important if you also have other risk factors for Diabetes.

Once detected, glaucoma can be treated using a variety of different methods including pills, eye drops, laser or traditional surgery. Depending on the individual case, a combination of these methods can be used to treat the conditions. As is the case with all eye conditions, any vision loss stemming from Glaucoma is irreversible.

Dry Eye

Dry Eye is a condition that is as the name suggests – a lack of sufficient lubrication in the eyes. It occurs when the quantity or quality of the tears in the eyes’ tear film is inadequate for keeping the eyes lubricated. In normal eyes, blinking cause tears to spread across the cornea of the eyes (the front surface), providing lubrication and reducing the risk of infection while protecting vision. Dry Eye is often chronically common among older adults.

Causes and Symptoms

Dry Eye is caused by not producing enough tears or from producing poor quality tears. Tear production diminishes with age and environmental factors can affect the production of the same. In some cases, if one of the three layers of tears (oil, water, and mucus) is produced in inadequate amounts, then Dry eye can result. Dry Eye most commonly happens when the water layer of tears production proves insufficient. In addition to age and environmental factors like smoke and dry and windy climates, the use of certain medications, medical conditions and even gender (women are more likely to develop Dry Eye) are all factors that can cause the condition.

If you have Dry Eye, some of the symptoms you may experience include scratchy, burning, gritty, or otherwise irritated eyes. In its advanced stages, Dry Eye may impair vision due to damaging the surface of the eyes.

Detection and Treatment

As is the case with most eye conditions, Dry Eye can be detected through a comprehensive eye examination that emphasizes the tear production of the eyes. Components of this exam include:• The patient’s history• Examining the blink dynamics and lid structure of the eyes• Evaluating the cornea and eyelids regarding how it responds to bright lights• Measuring the quality and quantity of the tear productions.

For the Good Health of You

As we age, it is important to maintain healthy habits. Eat well, exercise as vigorously as is safe a few times a week (daily if you can), rest and take care of yourself. Keep stress levels at a minimum and pay attention to changes in your body. Use the information above as a guide only, and should you notice any changes in your vision – even if it is not yet significantly affecting your daily life – be sure to contact your physician immediately for a checkup.

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The World of Powerful Vision is at Our Doorstep

This comes from information that was originally published back in June of 2015.

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This lens is called the Ocumetrics Bionic Lens that was created by Dr. Garth Webb, a British Columbia optometrist who was searching for a method of optimizing eyesight suitable for humans of any age.

The lens was so remarkable that it allowed patients to achieve perfect vision, end the requirement for glasses while driving, contacts, or progressive lenses. According to CBC reports, transformations in the eye-care industry are set to make each of these a distant memory.

Another amazing benefit of having this lens surgically implanted is that patients will never get cataracts. This is due to the fact that it will not decay the way the natural eye lens does over time.

The best candidate, according to Webb, is the one whose eye is fully developed and that is anyone older than 25.

He goes on to say that this kind of vision enhancement has never before been seen. For instance, is it is hard to see the hands on a clock at 10 feet, the Bionic Lens will let you see it clearly at a distance of 30 feet.

Each lens is custom-made and folded into a saline-filled syringe like a taco. When placed in the eye, it will unravel properly in just 10 minutes. Its creator explains that the surgery takes about 8 minutes and patients realize immediate vision correction.

Webb told CBC this project has been ongoing for eight years at a cost of $3 million for research and development, acquisition of international patents and Delta, B.C facilities for biomedical manufacturing.

During a recent gathering of the American society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Webb’s efforts were recognized for due to his presentation of these lenses to 14 of top San Diego ophthalmologists.

Webb insists that surgeons all over the world are impressed and intrigues by this clever design for vision correcting eye surgery.

Dr. Vincent DeLuise thinks this device will one day become the holy grail for improving vision at every range from near to distant and everything in between. As an ophthalmologist, Dr. DeLuise is a teacher at New York’s Weill Cornell Medical College and Yale University.

If clinical trials on animals and humans who have lost their sight, the Bionic Lens should be available in Canada in as little as two years. Of course, this depends on the regulatory process in various countries.

Webb hopes that this lens will eliminate the necessity for laser eye surgery which is still an inefficient procedure.

Webb considers eyesight a basic human right.

Update 2017

According to Dr. Webb’s first assumptions, animal studies during the past year have resulted in firm establishment of the lens’s ability to achieve superior vision in humans. to elaborate on things further, Dr. Webb revealed that his Bionic Lens is capable of being used as a ‘docking station’ for customization to each patient and for loading micro-optics. It will also allow fine refinements at any time without sacrifices to the patient’s eye health. This ability to ‘fine tune’ patient vision after its implantation is one of the most unique advantages of the lens’s design.

Precision optical vision is just the start of the potential of the docking station characteristics of the Bionic Lens. Webb thinks it will someday be used for installation of communication technology and physiological therapy. This technological potential could lead to a projection system being installed to allow the projection of a stabilized image onto the retina. Dr. Webb confidently says that this will complete the realm of virtual reality.

He also anticipates that in as little as 4 months, human studies will commence in initial clinical trials taking place at accredited research facilities in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Trials will commence with cataract patients who have otherwise healthy eyes.

Once that has been accomplished, he expects that in a year or so the Bionic Lens will then enter an investigational phase of public use by qualified surgeons. The future envisioned by Dr. Webb is one where the Bionic Lens and other types of advanced technologies will soon be made available through ‘Centers for Excellence’ which have been developed by globally-minded individuals throughout the world. This is an exciting time for vision possibilities.

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Surgical Correction for Cataracts

Nearly everyone experiences an eye problem at some point in life.

When the eyes are healthy, they focus the light that passes through the pupil to the retina at the back of the eye, allowing us to focus. cataractCataracts cloud the lens. The hazy lens prevents light from passing to the retina, impairing or dimming the vision. Once the cataract starts, it gradually increases the amount of light it blocks.

While most cataracts are age-related, some form due to other reasons. Such cataracts are much less common than age related ones.
For example:

Babies or children may develop congenital cataracts due to birth defects or heredity. Occasionally, a child forms cataracts for no obvious reason.

Eye surgery or chronic diseases are other causes of cataracts.

Medications, particularly steroids and diseases such as diabetes increase the risk of cataract formation.

Trauma that results in an eye wound can start the formation of a cataract. These cataracts may advance slowly.

Smoking, obesity, hypertension, prolonged exposure to sunlight and heredity also increase one’s chances of developing cataracts.

Cataracts are diagnosed by an ophthalmologist who examines the eyes by dilating the pupils using medication in the form of eye drops. He uses a slit-lamp to examine the cornea, lens and iris, as well as the space between the lens and iris. The doctor uses an ophthalmoscope, a special microscope, that allows the doctor to look for details and check for abnormalities. While the pupil is dilated, the doctor examines the retina and looks for diseases including glaucoma and cataracts. He also examines the retina and optic nerve. Additionally, the patient undergoes a standard vision acuity test, that involves evaluating the eyes using various sizes of letters.

If your doctor discovers cataracts, but you want to avoid surgery, you may have a few options. Depending on the severity of the condition, a simple change in prescription lenses may help you to see better.

Once you reach age 65, have an annual eye exam.

Protect your eyes from the sun by wearing a hat and choosing sunglasses designed to block 99 % of ultraviolet rays.

Avoid smoking.

Lose some weight. Your primary care physician can offer some tips to help.

If the cataracts cause halos or blur your vision after dark, limit your night driving.

If you find reading difficult, try using a magnifying glass.

Avoid any eye drops that claim to cure cataracts, as drops cannot cure the condition.

When the vision changes become too bothersome, see your ophthalmologist. Cataracts are easily treated with surgical removal. If the condition changes your lifestyle, you have the option of a simple surgery. Prior to the operation your doctor will perform tests. He will measure the curve of the cornea and size of the eye so he can choose the correct lens.

If you have had eye surgery such as Lasik in the past, it does not prevent cataracts, but you should let the surgeon know your medical history.

It is also important to inform the surgeon of any medications you take, including supplements and sleep aids. Some medications can slow the healing process. The doctor may prescribe eye drops for a few days after the surgery to help prevent infection.

Cataract surgery is generally quick and painless. The doctor makes a very small incision next to the cornea in the front of your eye. He then uses high-frequency ultrasound to break up the cataract before suctioning it away. He replaces the damaged lens with an intraocular lens (IOL). IOLs may be made of plastic, silicon or acrylic. As healing occurs, light begins passing through the new lens so it can focus on the retina and your vision starts to clear within a few days. To protect the new lens, the doctor places a protective shield over the eyes. He also provides wraparound sunglasses. After a short rest in the recovery, patients are ready to head home. However, every patient is required to have someone else to drive them home, as they are restricted from driving immediately after the procedure.

During the week after surgery you should:
-Avoid touching the eye
-Wear your shield continually
-Put on the provided sunglasses if in bright light
-Avoid lifting, bending or any strenuous exercise
-Protect the eye from water and dirt

It is normal for the vision to be blurry for a few days after surgery. If you experience pain, call your doctor immediately.

As with any surgery, there are some risks:

-The surgical site could become infected

-The retina or cornea or retina could swell

-The retina could detach

-You could experience glaucoma

-There could be hemorrhaging in the eye

Your insurance or Medicare sometimes helps with the cost of cataract surgery. Always check with your surgeon if you have questions about the surgery or expense when making your plans.

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What Every Senior Should Know About Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a group of eye disorders that cause progressive damage to the eye’s optic nerve. Older woman beginning to suffer from glaucomaThe optic nerve transmits images from the retina to the brain.
Blind spots start to develop in the field of vision if a significant number of nerve fibers are damaged. Most people don’t notice the blind spots until there’s significant damage. If left untreated, loss of vision may occur leading to permanent blindness.

Risk Factors of Glaucoma

Glaucoma often occurs in people over 40 years of age, although an infantile or congenital form of glaucoma exists.

Hispanics over 60 years of age, people with a family history of glaucoma, and people of African descent over age 40 are at a high risk of developing glaucoma. Other risk factors include nearsightedness (myopia), steroid use, a history of severe anemia or shock, thin cornea and using medications that increase pressure in the eyes.

Recent research findings at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center revealed that individuals with hypertension and diabetes may also have an increased risk of developing open-angle glaucoma. People with this form of glaucoma rarely become aware of the condition until significant loss of vision has occurred as it develops slowly and usually without any symptoms.

A rapid increase in pressure may result in an abrupt case of a less common type of glaucoma, acute angle-closure glaucoma. Immediate medical attention is crucial as severe loss of vision can occur within a short time. Its symptoms may include redness of the eye, blurred vision, seeing colored rings around lights, severe eye pain, and nausea.

Can Glaucoma Be Cured?

Glaucoma has no known cure, but if diagnosed and treated early, it can be controlled. Surgery or medication can slow or prevent further loss of vision. Treatment will depend on the severity and nature of each case. Regardless of the type of glaucoma, it’s important to go for regular eye examinations.

How Vision Loss Occurs

Glaucoma will usually occur in both eyes, but fluid pressure often starts to build in one eye. In most cases, side vision is affected first, so the change in vision may be so small that it’s difficult to notice. With time, central(direct) vision is also lost.

What to Expect During Glaucoma Examinations

Regular glaucoma check-ups should include two routine painless eye exams-ophthalmoscopy and tonometry. If the optic never looks unusual or eye pressure is not in the normal range, then additional glaucoma exams may be done.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosing glaucoma can be tough. The most crucial factor is protecting your sight. Doctors look at several factors before making any decisions about treatment. If diagnosis and or treatment of your condition is particularly difficult, you may be referred to a glaucoma specialist.

Once detected, glaucoma usually requires professional long-term care. Keeping your eye pressure under control is critical. You must follow your treatment plan religiously to help control your eye pressure as this will prevent further damage to the optic nerve and prevent sight loss. Many people assume that glaucoma is cured when eye pressure has been lowered to safe levels via surgery or medication. Regular checkups are still needed even after medications or surgeries to control eye pressure.

Some people with glaucoma have low vision. This means they may have problems doing routine things even when using contact lenses or glasses. This may range from loss of the ability to see shades of the same color to reduced visual acuity. There are plenty of resources and products such as computer text enlargers, color lenses and magnifiers that help people with low vision.

Many elderly people don’t know that glaucoma may have no symptoms and are unaware of the importance of eye checkups. You can help by encouraging them to have their optic nerves and eye pressure checked regularly.

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Cataracts: You You Don’t Need to Suffer From Cloudy Vision

At some point in almost every one’s life he or she will have an eye problem.
Ordinarily, when we see things, we are able to focus because light passes through our pupil into the back of the eye lens into the retina. But if the lens becomes cloudy, this is a cataract. The light cannot go through the hazy lens, thus vision is impaired or dimmed. The cataract worsens gradually.

It is typically age related. About seventy percent of people over the age of seventy–five have or had cataracts. The lens is comprised of water and protein. As we age our eyes no longer retain the water as well and sometimes the protein becomes impacted and hardened.

There are a few exceptions of cataracts that are not age related. These form in unusual circumstances.  In particular:

  • Congenital cataracts in babies or children may be hereditary or caused by birth defects.
  • Chronic diseases or another type of eye surgery can sometimes cause cataracts.
  • Diabetes and steroid medications put patients at risk for cataracts.
  • Traumatic cataracts occur from a direct eye wound. It may take a long time for it to advance.
  • Persons who smoke, are obese, have high blood pressure, prolonged sunlight exposure, or a family history of cataracts suffer the chances of cataracts.
  • Sometimes there is no explanation.

Visiting the Eye Doctor

elderly man reading to his granddaughterAn ophthalmologist begins with dilating the pupil with eye drops. There is an examination with a slit–lamp to see the cornea, iris and lens, as well as the space between the iris and lens. This specialized microscope allows the doctor to see details and check for anomalies. The doctor will use an opthalmoscope for the retinal exam while the pupil is dilated to look for cataracts, glaucoma and any concerns with the optic nerve or retina. These are in addition to the normal vision acuity test in which the patients eyes are evaluated in seeing various letters of different sizes.

If you are diagnosed with cataracts there are some things you can if you wish to avoid surgery. For those whose vision is not too bad, a change in eye glass prescription may help.

  • If you are older than 65, have an eye exam every year.
  • Wear a hat and use sunglasses that block 99% UV rays.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Get healthy, see your family physician and follow his directions.
  • If when you drive after dark you see halos or have blurred vision, limit night driving.
  • Use a magnifying glass to read if you need it.
  • Turn up the lighting or use brighter bulbs.
  • Do not purchase eye drops claiming to cure cataracts, there is no such thing.

When the feeling of “looking through a dirty window” becomes too annoying, see an ophthalmologist. The cataract is treatable with surgery to remove it. If it changes the way you live, work or drive, you will probably opt for the simple surgery. Before surgery, there are a few tests to go through. The eye is measured and the curve of the cornea will be calculated in order to select the right lens.

Lasik or other eye related surgery does not prevent having cataract surgery, however the surgeon needs to know about it. The surgeon should be informed of all medications, including sleep aids and supplements, the patient is taking. There are a few medications that can interfere with the eye healing. Prescription eye drops may be recommended for a few days before surgery to protect the patient from infections.

The cataract surgery is swift and painless. The technical name is phacoemulsification. A minuscule incision is performed at the side of the cornea, the front of the eye. Very high–frequency ultrasound breaks the cataract and it is suctioned away. The clouded lens is replaced with an intraocular lens, known as the IOL. The artificial clear lens is constructed of plastic, acrylic or silicone. Light will be able to pass through now so vision will be clear in a few days. The doctor will place a protective shield over the eye and give the patient wraparound sunglasses. The patient will be asked to rest in the recovery area for a short time. Every patient who has this surgery must have a driver to take him or her home, none are allowed to drive.

Recovery From Cataract Surgery

There are only a few short rules to recovery, for at least a week:

  • Do not touch or rub the eye.
  • Wear the shield all the time.
  • Wear the wraparound sunglasses in bright light.
  • Avoid bending, lifting or strenuous exercise.
  • Do not allow water or dirt to get into the eye.

There may be blurry vision for a while, this is normal. If pain occurs the doctor should be called immediately.

Dangers of Cataract Surgery

Every surgery has risks, cataract surgery is no different. Here are some dangers cataract surgery pose:

  • Infection
  • InfectionSwelling of the cornea or retina
  • Swelling of the cornea or retinaRetinal detachment
  • Retinal detachment
  • Glaucoma
  • Bleeding inside the eye

In some cases Medicare or private insurance may pay all or most of cataract surgery. It is best to check with the surgeon with all questions about the procedure and the expenses before making plans.

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