Cataract Surgery FAQ
What is a cataract?
When the normally clear lens of the eye becomes cloudy, causing blurry vision and other vision problems, it is known as a cataract.
Who is at risk for developing cataracts?
People who are 60 and older are at the greatest risk for developing cataracts, while younger people are usually not affected. In fact, cataracts are the main cause of vision loss for those over the age of 55. Other factors can add to the risk of developing cataracts including disease, injury, and heredity.
How are cataracts treated?
Cataracts are typically treated through an eye surgery procedure in which the clouded natural lens of the eye is removed and replaced by an artificial lens. This lens, called an intraocular lens, gives the eye back its focusing ability, and for many, additional corrective lenses such as glasses or contacts, are not needed. However, corrective lenses may be needed to achieve optimal vision.
What can I expect from cataract surgery at Bloomberg Eye Center?
At Bloomberg Eye Center in Newark and Columbus, Ohio, we perform small incision cataract surgery for the removal of cataracts. The procedure is quick, taking less than 10 minutes to complete, and all of our cataract surgery procedures are performed in our state-of-the-art Surgicenter, which is dedicated to cataract and laser eye surgery.
- Anesthetic drops are first placed in the eye and a small incision is made.
- A probe with a suction device is then used to break up the clouded lens and remove the fragmented pieces.
- Next, an intraocular lens is implanted to take the place of the removed lens.
- The incision requires no stitches, and most patients are able to see clearly within 24 hours of surgery.