Although primarily attributed to aging, cataracts can negatively affect vision at any age. Cataracts specifically affect the clearness of the lens of your eye. Over time, these cataracts can cause your lenses to become cloudy or hazy. Although there is a chance cataracts may progress over a long period of time, surgery is generally required to resolve any vision issues.
The surgical procedure to treat cataracts is safe and has a very high success rate. During the process, your surgeon will remove the affected lens and resolve other issues around the lens. A clear lens will then permanently replace the damaged lens.
Although cataracts can affect one eye at a time, if you are developing cataracts in both eyes, it is best to have the surgery performed on both sides at the same time. This helps by only requiring a single recovery period.
Cataract surgery can be very successful at restoring lost vision. However, it is important to follow the recovery plan outlined by your surgeon to achieve the best chance of success. Along with this specific plan, including follow-up appointments, there are a few tips that can help you through your recovery.
Protecting the eye from any trauma, impact, or irritants is essential to give your eye and body time to heal and accept the artificial and replacement lens fully. A feeling similar to a piece of dust or eyelash in your eye is expected after the procedure, and you must avoid rubbing your eye during this time.
Another way to help give the best chance of success is to avoid submerging your eyes in the water, either in a pool or hot tub or allowing a direct spray of water during a shower. Since the lens is attached to the muscles in your eyes, this water can cause the lens to shift off-center and may cause blurriness in your vision.
The thought of losing vision from cataracts can be scary. Dr. Walter John W. Murrell in Amarillo, TX, has the experience and skills to help restore your vision and provide the care needed to keep your eyes healthy. Call the office at 806-351-1177 or visit wjohnwmurrell.com to schedule a comprehensive exam today.