I often get asked this question and it’s definitely a tough one to answer as it is quite a complicated process! When I was first learning about laser eye surgery and didn’t know what was going on, I’d ask the team at laser cataract adelaide for their advice on how best to explain the process.
Here’s what I came up with as the best way to explain the complicated process involved with eye surgery – particularly cataract surgery and how it works.
What is a cataract?
The lens in each of our eyes is naturally clear, however when it becomes clouded or opaque it is referred to as a cataract. This results in blurred vision and can cause irritation and sight issues for patients.
How are cataracts caused?
The most common cause of cataracts is simply old age. They are generally the result of the natural aging process however some people are born with them or develop them in younger years as a result of injury or drug use.
There are some studies that indicate those with diabetes could also be at a higher risk of developing cataracts.
What is Cataract surgery?
Cataract surgery is a very common procedure and one of the most frequently performed operations. Its main purpose is to clear up the cloudiness and rebuild vision.
In surgery, the clouded lens is taken out and replaced by a clear manmade lens. The technique used in cataract surgery is called phacoemulsification – this is also known as small cut cataract surgery.
After surgery, it’s highly normal to be more sensitive than normal to light and most medical experts will recommend wearing sunglasses or avoiding bright lights immediately after. This is due to the fact that mild tearing can occur during surgery.
Is Cataract surgery safe?
All surgery has an element of risk so it’s always best to fully discuss your medical history and any concerns with your doctor. However, 98% of cataract surgeries are completed every year without any serious complications.
The procedure is relatively simple and good results are very common with clear vision achieved for the patient within a matter of days.