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When you have a cataract, your vision becomes hazyand blurry. It may even result to vision loss when not treated properly. Cataracts usually appear as a part of our eye’s aging process. It is common for people at the age of 40 or 50. Cataracts may also be caused by some health problem such as diabetes or trauma in the eye. One option offered to cure or remove cataract is via cataract surgery. If you want to know more about its process, the cataract surgery cost or its risks, keep reading for more details.

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If someone who has a cataract doesn’t suffer from any other eye problem, such as glaucoma or macular degeneration has bigger chances of a successful eye surgery.With cataract surgery, it may help people with astigmatism and shortsightedness to eliminate the need for distance  eyeglasses but may still require reading glasses.Cataract operation is done by replacing the cloudy lens with an artificial lens. Thecataract surgery cost may vary depending on your eye condition or the technology used during the operation.

Key points to remember about cataract surgery:

  • Surgery may be the only treatment, but notall cataracts need to undergo operation. It depends on how much the cataract affectsyou. Many people can still perform well without surgery just by wearing contact lenses oreyeglasses.
  • Poor visiondue to cataracts usually manifest gradually over time. In such case, surgery may be necessary.
  • Most patients who undergothis operation see clearly after that. However, there is also known serious problems caused by cataract surgery.
  • The surgery removes the hazy lens fromeye. Artificial lens is used to replace the cloudy lens. In certain complicated cases, artificial lens are unable to be implanted, then you’ll have to wear thick eye glasses or special contact lenses instead.

Risks you need to look out for:

Studies show that out of 1000 people who undergo cataract operation, fewer than 10 persons have reported to experience serious problem. To avoid these problems, newer surgery techniquessuch as laser treatment are being used.

The patient’s vision may still take about a month or 2 after surgery,to heal. As the eye heals, eyesight becomes clearer.

Sometimes, cloudy vision returns. This is the most common problemthat may occur after operation. It may come back gradually, maybe several months or years after. This happens when the posterior bag of the lens becomes  cloudy. Thiscan be fixed simply with laser surgery to polish the back surface of the lens.

Serious problems that may happen include:

  • Retina or cornea swelling –this causes blurry vision. Surgeons will prescribe anti-inflammatory eye drops to reduce swelling.
  • Astigmatism – it is usually remedied with glasses or contact lenses.
  • Eye infection –a very serious eye infection called endophthalmitis which can lead to blindness. This is rare. Eye infection like uveitis, may affect your eyesight until you get proper treatment.

Retinal detachment – after the cataract surgery, there is a smallrisk for retinal detachment.

It is important to tell the doctor about the patients’ medical history because some health problem may cause cataract such asdiabetes.  It is hard for the ophthalmologist to determine ifcataract is caused by diabetes if no detailed medical history was given. When cataract is detected, it is advisable to consult a doctor before it become worse. The recovery process is expected to be easierif the cataract is removed and replaced earlier.

To schedule an appointment at Atlas Eye, visit their website or contact their eye care centre. Their staff will be there to answer your question or to help you with any of your eye care needs.