Cataract Treatments at Hendersonville Eye Care
The lens in your eyeball is normally crystal clear, allowing you to see everything around you without restriction. Over time, or because of certain outside factors, the lens may begin to pick up deposits and get a yellowed or cloudy surface. This is called a cataract. A great majority of people over the age of 80 develop cataracts, but they can appear at any age. They can be detected before any symptoms appear, and it can take years after that before any treatment is necessary.
At Hendersonville Eye Care we see cataract patients every week. Our doctors can evaluate your eyes and outline all the various treatment options you may have. Sometimes the best option is having cataract surgery. If you and our doctors agree this is the best route, we'll help you to get in touch with a cataract surgeon who will work with you to restore your eyesight.
About Cataract Surgery
Cataract specialists don't recommend surgery until your cataracts begin to affect your way of life. In the beginning, you may not even know you have cataracts. Your symptoms may be mild or even nonexistent. Over time, however, your eyes will develop a cloudy appearance, and your sight will begin to fail. It will look as if you're looking through a sheer curtain or a large fog bank, in most cases. When this gets so bad it affects you driving, work, reading, and other lifestyle habits, it's time to consider having cataract surgery.
During this surgery your eye will be sterilized and numbed with a series of eye drops. Your eye lids will then be held open and the doctor will make a small slit in the surface of the eyeball. She then removes the cloudy lens and replaces it with a clear artificial lens, called an intraocular lens. Most patients report absolutely no pain at all during the procedure, and about 90 percent of them recover most or all of their previous eyesight afterward.
After Cataract Surgery
The most crucial part of cataract surgery, in terms of recovering your eyesight, is the weeks directly following your surgical procedure. You'll be given a list of instructions from the surgical staff, and it's extremely important that you follow this list to the letter. Included in the list will be:
- Never bend over at the waist for the next 72 hours. The incision on your eyeball is healing, and bending over will put extra pressure on the healing wound, which can prevent it from healing correctly
- Wear the eye patch you're given for at least the first two nights. Healing wounds itch, and you may rub your eye in your sleep if it's not covered
- Use the antibiotic eye drops you are given exactly as instructed
- Wear strong sunglasses when you're outside for the next week
- Avoid looking up at bright lights, as they can cause pain
- Never lift over 10 pounds in the first two weeks, to prevent undue pressure that can damage the healing incision
For more information contact Hendersonville Eye Care today at 828-693-5205.