Are cataracts clouding your everyday life? Do you struggle to do basic everyday tasks due to your blurry vision?
If so, it may be time to consider cataract surgery. Eye doctors have been performing cataract surgery for years, but today’s technology has made it more effective than ever.
With today’s advanced technology, you can say goodbye to your cataracts and enjoy even better results with a faster recovery time. Keep reading to find out if you might be a good candidate for no-stitch cataract surgery!
What Is a Cataract?
A cataract occurs when the lens of the eye becomes hardened and cloudy. The lens is located behind the iris and is part of the eye that refracts light and focuses rays onto the retina.
This is part of the process of creating the clear image you see. The lens contains proteins, which allow it its refractive ability.
When these begin to break down, images can become blurry due to the lens’s inability to focus light properly. Many patients with cataracts say that it is like looking through a foggy piece of glass.
Other symptoms of a cataract include:
- Double vision
- Frequent prescription changes
- Needing more light to complete tasks
- Glare and halos
- Difficulty driving at night or seeing in low-lighting areas
- Faded colors
What Causes Cataracts?
The most common cataracts are those related to aging. As you get older, it is natural for the proteins in your eye to break down and form clumps.
These clumps can eventually cloud your vision. In addition, as these clumps form, your lens becomes less and less flexible.
There are other, although less common, types of cataracts. Some babies are born with congenital cataracts.
Secondary cataracts can develop as a result of another condition, such as diabetes. It is also possible for a traumatic cataract to form due to an injury to the eye.
Certain lifestyle choices may increase your likelihood of developing a cataract earlier in life. For example, smoking, prolonged exposure to sunlight, and steroid use may cause you to develop cataracts earlier.
What Is No-Stitch Cataract Surgery?
The only effective way to treat a cataract is through cataract surgery. Due to this fact, cataract surgery is an extremely common procedure.
During the procedure, your cataract surgeon will remove your clouded lens. Then, a clear, artificial lens takes its place.
These artificial lenses are called intraocular lenses or IOLs. Your cataract surgeon will create tiny incisions in your cornea with a laser to remove the cataract and insert the new lens.
In traditional cataract surgery, stitches are often required to close these incisions. However, thanks to modern advancements, this is no longer necessary.
True to its name, there are no stitches required with no-stitch cataract surgery. Your eye’s internal pressure holds the incision closed on its own so that it can heal without the need for stitches.
What Are the Benefits of No-Stitch Cataract Surgery?
The benefits of this state-of-the-art procedure over traditional cataract surgery do not end there. It also comes with a remarkably short recovery time.
The majority of patients can return to their normal activities the same day. Some patients can even enjoy their improved vision right away.
One of the biggest perks of no-stitch cataract surgery is its unparalleled precision and accuracy. Optiwave Refractive Analysis (ORA) technology has revolutionized the treatment of cataracts.
It brings an incredible degree of precision for the best possible results. With an incredibly high success rate, the difference before and after the procedure will be night and day.
After the procedure is complete, you won’t have to wait too long to get your updated prescription. You can do so after just two weeks.
With your cataract gone and your new prescription in use, your vision will be improved dramatically. Plus, for those with astigmatism, it is possible to correct both this refractive error and remove the cataract at the same time.
This means you don’t have to undergo two separate procedures. You can leave our office with an unbelievable difference in the quality of your vision.
Am I a Good Candidate for No-Stitch Cataract Surgery?
Not everyone who is diagnosed with cataracts needs to undergo surgery right away. Some individuals who have been diagnosed with a cataract may not even notice it or only experience minimal effects.
However, eventually, your cataract will likely interfere with your vision to the point where it affects your everyday activities. When you find that it gets in the way of your daily life, it’s time to consider permanently getting rid of your cataract with no-stitch surgery.
It can be challenging to enjoy your favorite activities when cloudiness blocks your vision. It can also be dangerous to cook, drive, and complete other tasks with blurry vision.
If a cataract is impacting your life, no-stitch cataract surgery may be an excellent option for you. Even individuals who have had LASIK, PRK, or RK can also qualify.
No-stitch cataract surgery can restore your vision once altered by cataracts. It can also correct refractive errors like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism to possibly reduce your dependence on glasses after the procedure.
Is a cataract disrupting your vision and your life? Schedule a cataract evaluation at Takle Eye Group in Griffin, GA, today to determine if you are a good candidate for no-stitch cataract surgery.