Has your vision been growing steadily worse due to a common condition known as cataracts? Cataracts can transform your eyesight from its accustomed clarity to a dim, blurry, distorted view of the world. If you're struggling with this leading cause of blindness, you should know that you don't have to lose your vision to it. Here at Texas Eye Surgeons, you can receive cataract surgery and post-surgical care from our Plano and Greenville ophthalmologist, Dr. Ali.
A cataract is an opaque zone in the normally-transparent lens of the eye. This zone is made up of proteins which normally are suspended in the lens tissue so that light can pass through the lens easily. When the proteins start clumping together, that part of the lens loses its transparency. as cataracts grow and thicken, they cause vision problems such as blurriness, color distortion, loss of contrast sensitivity, increased glare sensitivity, and the appearance of distracting patterns around light sources. Cataracts can lead to blindness if they go untreated.
While some cataracts advance at a rapid pace (especially when excessive UV exposure or underlying health conditions are involved), the majority of them don't start to appear until later life, growing very slowly over a period of years. During these early stages, you may be able to compensate for your cataracts with conservative treatments such as corrective lenses. But once your cataracts get to the point where you can't correct your vision adequately, you will most likely need to have them surgically removed. The good news is that cataract surgery is quick, painless, and highly successful at restoring vision to its pre-cataract clarity (or even better).
Our eye surgeon performs cataract surgery as an outpatient procedure. After you have received sedation and numbing eye drops, a surgical laser creates a flap in the corneal tissue so we can access the lens capsule (the space that contains the lens). We then use a combination of laser energy and ultrasound to break up the lens for easy removal. Once the lens is removed, our eye doctor inserts an artificial intraocular lens, or IOL. This lens can be configured to compensate for refractive errors, actually improving your eyesight over its previous state. Our eye doctor then provides post-operative monitoring and any necessary procedures to address complications, such as Yag capsulotomy to clear out any subsequent lens clouding.
Our eye surgeon can give you the cataracts treatment you need in Plano or Greenville. Call (972) 379-3937 to schedule surgery at either of our locations!