If you are over the age of 60, chances are you have some clouding of the eye’s natural lens – also known as a cataract. Early changes may not disturb vision, but over time cataracts typically result in blurred or fuzzy vision and sensitivity to light. People with severe cataracts often say they feel as if they’re looking through a piece of wax paper. At this time there is no medical treatment that can prevent a cataract or reverse its development. Eye glasses may temporarily improve the vision and the prescription should be checked regularly.
Once vision can no longer be improved with glasses, then surgery is the only effective treatment. After cataract surgery, some people develop cloudiness in the capsule which holds the intraocular lens in position, reducing clarity. A YAG laser can be used to create an opening in this capsule, restoring clarity and reducing glare. The good news is that cataract surgery has made tremendous advances over the last 30 years, resulting in a safe and effective procedure that returns good vision to millions of Americans each year.
In most cases, the cloudy lens is removed with an ultrasonic device (Phacoemulsifier), and is replaced with a new intraocular lens (IOL) to restore vision and clarity. The type and power of the IOL is determined by pre-operative measurements and computerized calculation performed by Dr. Statesir.
Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure and is performed at our Outpatient Eye Surgery Center (Cleveland Eye and Laser Surgery Center).