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According to the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), 3 million Americans undergo cataract surgery each year. During cataract surgery, the old clouded lens of the eye is removed and replaced with a new artificial lens to restore clear vision. In the past, the monofocal intraocular lens was the only lens used in cataract surgery. Since 2005, new technology allows Christenbury Eye Center to offer you other lens options that can correct astigmatism for clear distance vision as well as multifocal lens providing near vision correction. The new cataract lens technology can eliminate the need for reading glasses and bifocals.
What is a Cataract?
A cataract is clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye. The cloudy area progresses with age causing blurriness and other visual disturbances. Without treatment, a cataract can eventually lead to vision loss. Cataracts can affect one or both eyes and develops as a natural part of aging. More than half of all Americans will have had a cataract by age 80. Diabetes, family history, injury to the eye, certain medications, and exposure to sunlight can all increase the risk of developing cataracts.
Cataracts usually form slowly and without any discomfort. Here are some of the most common symptoms:
How Are Cataracts Detected?
Freedom from Glasses
Patients have a choice as to what type of lens implant they receive for cataract surgery. All of the lens implants are highly effective and, for many people, the decision is based on lifestyle. Information about the lenses we offer is listed below.
• Total Vision Correction – ReSTOR
• Distance Vision Correction – TORIC
• Standard Vision – Monofocal lens
The majority of our cataract surgery patients prefer and choose the ReSTOR multifocal lens to eliminate reading glasses & bifocals after cataract surgery.
Christenbury Eye Center is the first eye clinic in the Carolinas to offer the Catalys® Precision Laser System from OptiMedica® in the office setting. The Catalys laser is specifically designed for laser assisted cataract surgery. This state of the art laser offers patients a more comfortable, custom surgery with an unprecedented level of accuracy. Patients can enjoy the convenience of having their cataract surgery in the office on Thursday or Friday and recover over the weekend.
What to Expect After Cataract Surgery
After your surgery, you will use prescription eye drops for 3-4 weeks to reduce risk of infection and to promote healing. You wear a clear protective plastic shield over the eye at night for 1 week. 1 day, 1 week, and 1 month post-operative visits will be scheduled. Most patients can resume their routine activities after 48 hours. We recommend no swimming or heavy lifting for 1 week.
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