Thursday, December 9, 2010

You've been told you have a cataract, now what?

There is no need to be overly concerned if you, or someone you know, has a cataract.  It is a natural part of the aging process and nearly everyone develops one (or two). 

It is the clouding of the crystalline lens of the eye, making it difficult to see.  You may find that things don't seem as bright or are having difficulty doing tasks you previously found easy. 

Today, cataract surgery is performed by our surgeons on an out-patient basis in the comfortable and close-to-home Cataract & Laser Center in Gardner.  The procedure is accomplished by our surgeon making a small incision in your eye to remove the cloudy lens (cataract) and replacing with a permanent, artificial lens.   The entire procedure takes minutes and afterward you'll rest for a bit and then return home.  Generally, we will see you the following day for a post-operative visit and most folks return to the routine activities within a few days after the procedure.

Next week we'll cover some of the lens options available to you.