Approximately 25 million Americans have cataracts, which causes cloudy, blurry or dim vision, and even blindness. As everyone grows older, the lenses inside the eye thicken and become cloudy. Diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure, obesity, trauma, steroid use and excessive UV light exposure from the sun can cause cataracts to develop at a faster rate.
Cataracts aren’t always bad news! Today’s cataract surgery is a quick outpatient procedure that can often reduce your need for glasses and leave you seeing better than you have in years. While there are risks involved with any medical procedure, cataract surgery is safe and painless. Our experienced cataract surgeons at Grin Eye Care have been performing cataract surgery for over 25 years and operate using the most advanced technology available.
What to Expect During Your Cataract Surgery
Cataract surgery is minimally invasive and usually takes no longer than 15–20 minutes per eye. Our surgeons operate on one eye at a time and typically wait 2–4 weeks between each eye to ensure proper healing. Another great thing about cataract surgery is that it does not require general anesthesia. Our surgeons use numbing eye drops and very mild IV sedation, so you remain comfortable during the procedure.
Recovery is quick and easy as well! You will be given medicated eye drops to use and you will see your doctor the day after surgery to make sure your eye is healing properly.
During cataract surgery, an intraocular lens implant is placed inside the eye. The strength of these implants is calculated specifically for each patient in order to correct vision. Patients have a variety of lenses to choose from, including premium implants that offer multi-focal capabilities. Our doctors will help you determine which lens is best for you during your in-office cataract evaluation.
Cataract Surgery by the Numbers
Our friends at the American Academy of Ophthalmology shared this infographic to give you a great overview of the benefits, costs and statistics on cataract surgery.
Ready to Talk About Cataract Surgery?
Cataract surgery is truly a life changing procedure. Studies have shown that cataract surgery can improve quality of life, greatly improve vision and reduce the risk of falling. If you are experiencing cloudy, blurry vision, glare and halos at night, difficulty reading without bright light or any other visual issues, be sure to contact Grin Eye Care today and schedule an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam with one of our trusted doctors in Olathe or Leawood.