How Effective Is Cataract Surgery?

Senior,Couple,Walking,On,The,Beach,In,Fall,SeasonCataracts are cloudy areas that develop in your eye lens. This cloudiness can be very disruptive to your daily life, so you may wonder if cataract surgery is a viable option for you. Luckily, cataract surgery is an extremely safe and highly effective procedure that helps you restore your vision and allows you to participate in your favorite activities again. Plus, the cataract surgery success rate is about 99%, making it one of the most reliable forms of treatment available.

What Is Cataract Surgery?

The surgery involves removing and replacing your cloudy lens with a lens implant. Before the surgery, your doctor will measure your eyes’ shape and size so that they can select the right kind of artificial lens for you. These are typically intraocular lenses, or IOLs. They can be made of plastic, acrylic, or silicone.

When the procedure begins, your pupils will be dilated, and your eyes will be numbed. You may also be given a sedative to help you relax during the process. Once your eyes are ready, your eye doctor will remove your clouded lens and implant the artificial IOL.

To remove the old lens, your doctor may use ultrasound to gently break the lens or make an incision to remove the lens in one piece.

The new lens can then be inserted. While you may feel some initial discomfort after the surgery, those symptoms normally resolve after a few days. You can expect to see a full recovery within several weeks. While your eye doctor may recommend taking prescriptive eye drops or wearing an eye patch, it’s common to resume normal activities shortly after the surgery.

What Are the Benefits of Cataract Surgery?

Cataract surgery is successful in the majority of patients. Benefits include:

Your Vision is Significantly Improved

After surgery, many people notice significant visual clarity and brightness improvements.

Risk of Complications is Low

The procedure is considered very safe and has a low risk of complications. While serious complications are rare, your eye doctor will carefully explain them and address any concerns you may have.

High Success Rate

This type of surgery has a high success rate, with up to 95% of patients seeing immediate results.

Improved Quality of Life

Besides restoring your vision, cataract surgery can significantly improve your quality of life if you suffer from cataracts. Post-surgery, you can expect to partake in activities like reading, driving, and recognizing your loved ones’ faces.

Find Out if You Qualify for Cataract Surgery

Our doctors are dedicated to providing patients with the most effective, personalized care for their cataracts. Dr. John Kirk and Dr. Dustin Asay are here to help you maintain your vision. Contact the Kirk Eye Center in Loveland, CO, today at 970-669-1107 or fill out our contact form here. We’ll help you attain the quality of life you deserve.

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