Posted by: Georgia Eye Associates in Cataracts

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Are cataracts holding you back? They can make life very difficult. Cataracts often develop gradually over time. When you have cataracts, it’s likely you’ll suffer from vision loss.

For some cataract patients, vision loss looks like blurred or foggy vision. This can be like looking through a dirty window.

Cataracts can also make it difficult to see at night by causing halos around lights. You may see them around sidewalk lights, street lights, and headlights.

No matter what symptoms you experience because of your cataracts, they will hold you back in life. Cataract surgery is necessary once you can no longer complete your daily routine.

It’s the only way to remove your cataracts. Keep reading to find out if recovery from this procedure is easy!

Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery begins by having your eyes numbed. After numbing your eyes, your surgeon will begin the procedure by creating a small incision on the lens of your eye.

This is where the cataract has formed and made your natural lens cloudy. Because the lens is cloudy, your vision becomes impacted.

Through the small incision, your surgeon will break up the cataract into fragments. They will then suck out these fragments through this small incision. This is a process called phacoemulsification.

IOL Replacement

Next, your surgeon will replace your natural lens with an artificial lens called an intraocular lens or an IOL. There are two main types of IOLs: standard and premium.

A standard IOL (monofocal lens) will restore your vision, but it won’t correct any pre-existing vision problems. A premium IOL will both restore your vision and correct pre-existing vision problems.

Premium IOLs

There are three common IOLs that are used to not only restore your vision but to also correct pre-existing vision problems. The first two are multifocal and accommodating lenses.

They will correct distance, up-close, and intermediate vision problems. The third lens is a toric lens.

Toric lenses correct astigmatism. A premium IOL is an excellent investment in your vision. They are artificial, so they do not age.

They give you perfect vision for life, meaning you’ll no longer need to depend on contacts or glasses to see.

An Easy and Relaxing Recovery

The last part of the cataract surgery process is the recovery process. Most of this only takes a few days.

Cataract surgery is a breeze. All you need to do is kick your feet up on the couch, and relax for a few days.

It is important to note that your vision will be blurry immediately after your surgery, and the next few days. You will want to arrange for a ride home after your procedure as it will not be safe for you to drive.

It’s best for you to take a day or two off of work as computer work and paperwork will be difficult. You will also want to avoid any strenuous activities, especially those that put extra strain on your eyes. Your eye doctor will prescribe you medical eye drops to manage any pain you may have.

All in all, cataract surgery gives you a perfect opportunity to relax and chill. After that, you will be back to enjoying life.

Cataracts will no longer hold you back, and if you opt for a premium IOL, you will have clear vision and visual freedom from glasses and contacts.

Ready to say goodbye to cataracts? The first step is a cataract screening. Schedule yours today with Georgia Eye Associates in Atlanta, GA!

If you have cataracts, there’s no time like the present to make clear vision a priority!

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