After a lifetime of clear vision, one day it can seem as if your vision is failing and even a new eyeglass prescription can’t help. You might have cataracts, but don’t panic! There’s still hope. You can see life clearly again without cataracts with the help of our expert cataract eye surgeon at Tuscaloosa Ophthalmology in Tuscaloosa, AL. We offer cataract surgery treatment using state-of-the-art technology and techniques to reclaim your vision.
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A cataract is a clouding of the lens inside your eye. Think of the lens like a window: when it becomes cloudy, it’s more difficult to see through the window clearly. Cataracts affect the eye in much the same way. Cataracts are a natural part of the aging process. Everyone begins to develop cataracts around age 50 and symptoms worsen in a large number of people. More than half of all Americans will have cataract surgery by age 80. When a cataract forms, clouding prevents some of the light from passing through the lens, resulting in poor vision.
Cataracts are most often the result of the natural aging process, as proteins in the lens of your eye break down and clump together. This usually starts around age 40, and may not be noticeable until around age 60, but can vary from person to person. It is widely believed that exposure to ultraviolet light also contributes to the growth of cataracts. Although less common, cataracts can be congenital, the result of another disease in the body, or develop after an eye injury.
For most people, cataracts progress slowly. Eventually, cataracts can impair your vision and impact your daily activities, requiring surgical treatment.
Fortunately, the cloudy natural lens in your eye can be safely removed and replaced with a man-made lens with specific focusing power for your individual needs.
To find out if you qualify for cataract surgery, call an experienced Tuscaloosa eye surgeon of Tuscaloosa Ophthalmology and schedule a consultation.
If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may have cataracts, and could potentially benefit from life-changing cataract surgery:
If you have any of these symptoms or have been told you have cataracts, schedule an appointment online, or call 205-556-2121 to schedule an evaluation with a cataract surgeon at Tuscaloosa Ophthalmology today.
When cataracts begin to impair your quality of life, it is important to have an evaluation with your eye doctor. You can take advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to achieve better vision—potentially even better than you had before cataracts developed.
Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed procedures in the U.S. It’s a brief painless outpatient procedure during which the eye’s natural lens is removed and replaced with an intraocular lens (or IOL for short). Cataract removal and lens implantation are safe and effective. At Tuscaloosa Ophthalmology, we are pleased to offer a variety of Advanced Technology Intraocular Lens (ATIOL) options to our patients.
There is no certain way to prevent the development of cataracts or to slow their progression. However, taking the following steps to safeguard the health of your eyes may help:
Undergo regular eye examinations
Eat a healthy diet
Wear sunglasses with UV protection
Address other health problems
Cataracts are a natural part of the eye’s aging process and impact everyone. However, there are some risk factors that may put certain people at higher risk for developing cataracts at an earlier age. These include:
High blood pressure
Excessive sunlight exposure
Previous eye surgery
Eye injury and/or inflammation
Use of corticosteroid medications
Excessive alcohol consumption
Yes. If you’ve had LASIK surgery in the past you can still have cataract surgery.
When cataracts progress to the point where clouding of the lens causes vision loss or impairment that impedes daily activities, cataract surgery is deemed medically necessary and is typically covered by medical insurance.
Basic Intraocular Lenses (IOLs) will eliminate the cloudiness caused by cataracts and are covered by insurance, but you may incur out-of-pocket expenses if you and your surgeon choose an advanced technology implant (ATIOL) or laser technology.
Be sure to ask your surgical counselor about flexible payment options.
No, each eye is operated on separately, usually 1-4 weeks apart.
Eye surgery is like surgery on any other body part—there will be a period of recovery. Fortunately for cataract surgery, this time is minimal. Your vision will be blurry right after surgery, but most patients are able to go back to normal daily activities in as little as 24-48 hours.
While you are awake during cataract surgery, your doctor will use anesthetic eye drops to numb your eyes. You will also be given a sedative to help you relax during the procedure.
The actual procedure is not painful. Most patients feel mild to moderate irritation for the first few days after surgery, similar to having an eyelash in the eye. Artificial tears may be used as often as necessary to reduce this irritation.
ATIOLs (Multifocal implants for astigmatism and presbyopia) may help you avoid having to wear glasses or contacts altogether. Using a basic single-focus implant, you will still require at least a reading prescription. Be sure to ask your doctor about your advanced technology implant (ATIOL) options.
Once removed, cataracts cannot return. In some cases, however, cloudiness (posterior capsule fibrosis) may occur in the lens capsule months or years after surgery. This eye condition is also treatable with a safe and painless laser procedure.
Think you might need cataract surgery? Schedule an appointment with our Tuscaloosa, AL cataract surgeon at Tuscaloosa Ophthalmology to discover if you qualify for cataract surgery.
“More than half of all Americans will have cataract surgery by age 80.”
Reference: 1. Facts about cataract. National Eye Institute Website. https://nei.nih.gov/health/cataract/cataract_facts. Accessed March 08, 2022.