If you wake up in the morning and have a difficult time seeing properly out of one or both eyes due to blurred or misty vision, you may have cataracts. The eye is an extremely complex organ and it is fairly common for us to see cataracts in older Houston patients. Most cataracts can be directly related to aging. Generally, by about the age of 80 more than half of the entire American population has had some degree of cataract or have already had cataract eye surgery.
It is estimated by the PBA that today cataracts affect more than 22 million people in American over the age of 40. Furthermore, as our population ages it is expected that over 30 million Americans will have cataracts.
What are cataracts?
A cataract is actually an eye disease that causes the clear lens of the eye to become foggy and opaque. These cloudy areas can become larger over time which blocks light from entering into your eye, which results in blurry our clouded vision.
Contact our Houston Cataract Eye Surgery Doctor
By having cataract surgery in Houston, you can eliminate the possibility of the problem developing further into a more serious condition. Cataract surgery is the most popular solution with people looking to restore their vision.
Cataracts form on the lens, therefore during surgery this damaged lens is removed and often replace with an artificial one. If you are looking for cataract surgery in Houston, we are here to help you. There are two types of cataract surgery Houston options so when you speak to us, we can help you make an informed and professional decision about which is best for you.
Small incision cataract surgery, also known as phacoemulsification is the most common type of surgery for cataracts. A small cut is made in the covering of the eye (the cornea) and a small device is inserted that sends out ultrasound waves across the lens, making it easy to remove.
Extracapsular surgery is where a longer incision is made on the cornea and the lens can be taken away all at once. After both types of surgery, the lens is replaced with a new lens that cannot be felt by the patient.
Success of Cataract Eye Surgery in Houston
With a 90 – 95% success rate with Houston cataract surgery, it is no wonder that so many people turn to surgery to improve their vision for good. Lasting less than one hour, cataract surgery is one of the quickest surgical procedures too, so there’s no waiting around for good results – they’re practically instantaneous!
After surgery, keeping the eye clean to avoid risk of infection is obviously very important, and because the eye takes a short while to heal, for a few days after surgery it can be more susceptible to infection. By using any eye drops we might prescribe you with and keeping your hands clean in case you do touch your eye (although this isn’t advised) you can prevent any further treatment.
Cataract surgery Houston has never been a more promising solution to your visual problems. If you think you or a family member may be suffering from cataracts, look for symptoms of vision which is cloudy, or if colors look faded, or if there seems to be glare from lights. Any of these could mean you have an underlying visual problem, and we are more than happy to help you make it better.
By Scott Segal