At Coastal Carolina Eye Clinic, we are proud to provide our patients with some of the area’s most skilled cataract surgeons. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, cataracts affect more than 25.7 million Americans aged 40 and above. The condition is distinguishable by the cloudiness that appears around the lens of the eye. This condition is the most common cause of vision loss, and the only way to remove the cloudiness caused by cataracts is surgery. This procedure, known as an intraocular lens implant, involves replacing the clouded lens with an artificial one.
Signs You Need Cataract Surgery
Symptoms of cataracts include spots in front of the eyes, sensitivity to glaring light, and a feeling of a film over the eyes. In the early stages, it is possible to control cataracts by using magnification, strong bifocals, new glasses, or other visual aids. However, the condition can advance to an extent that impairs your vision. At this point, it is necessary to get cataract surgery to regain your vision.
What to Expect in a Consultation
During the consultation, our doctors will review your medical history and the symptoms you are experiencing, and they will also perform an eye exam. You may undergo several tests such as a visual acuity test to determine how well you read letters, a slit-lamp examination for the doctor to see the internal eye structure, or a retina exam to examine the back of the eyes. Our cataract surgeons will then use this information to identify the possible cause of the condition and determine whether or not cataract surgery is necessary.
What to Expect After Cataract Surgery
After the surgical procedure, you will experience eye discomfort for a couple of days. You can expect to recover fully after around eight weeks. If both eyes require surgery, the second surgery will only occur after the first eye heals from the initial surgery. In some cases, a patient may need eye examinations to monitor the healing of the eye.
From regular eye examinations to surgeries, the team at Coastal Carolina Eye Clinic prides itself on offering full eye care service to our patients. For more information about our cataract surgeons or treatments for other disorders, call us today at (910) 763-7316.