Is cloudy vision getting in the way of work or doing what you love? Cataracts may be to blame.
If you’re looking for cataract treatment in the Denver area, Dr. Jim Montgomery of Montgomery Eye Care in Northglenn, CO, can help.
What Are Cataracts?
Your eye has a clear lens that sits behind the colored part (the iris). The lens helps focus light as it passes through the eye. Cataracts happen when protein buildup causes the lens to become cloudy. Once cataracts develop, light can’t pass through the lens to the retina at the back of the eye and vision becomes blurry.
What Causes Cataracts?
Cataracts are a normal part of aging. In fact, more than half of people in the United States have cataracts by the age of 80, although they can start developing as young as 40.1 While cataracts can occasionally be caused by eye injuries or other factors including medical problems and medications, they are usually age-related.
Symptoms of Cataracts
- Cloudy Vision
- Decreased Night Vision
- Blurry Vision
- Glare or Halos Caused by Light
- Sensitivity to Light
- Double Vision
- Frequent Eyeglass or Sunglass Prescription Changes
- Colors Looking Dull
Treatment Options for Cataracts
When cataracts first start to interfere with your vision, you may be able to adjust your glasses or contacts prescription to help you see better. But as cataracts get worse, you will eventually need cataract surgery to restore clear vision.
The only way to get rid of cataracts is to have surgery to remove them. The good news is that cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed surgeries in the world and it is considered an extremely safe and effective procedure.2
Benefits of Cataract Surgery
- You can reduce your need for prescription glasses or contacts
- Improve blurriness and glare from lights at night
- Get back your ability to perform daily tasks
- Enjoy life in full, vivid color
- Feel safer and less stressed while driving
How Cataract Surgery Works
In cataract surgery, your eye’s clouded lens is replaced with a new lens called an intraocular lens or IOL.
Getting Ready for Cataract Surgery
The first step to getting your vision back is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Montgomery. This no-pressure appointment is your opportunity to ask any questions and learn more about your surgery options. Dr. Montgomery will examine your eyes to make sure that cataract surgery is right for you, then he’ll explain everything and review your treatment plan. Finally, he’ll give you pre-surgery instructions that may include using eye drops.
What to Expect on Surgery Day
Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure. The actual surgery takes less than 20 minutes, but you can expect to be at the clinic for a few hours for check-in and recovery. Cataract surgery is typically performed on one eye at a time; if you need cataract surgery in both eyes, the procedures will take place on different days, usually 1-3 weeks apart. Your eye will be numbed with anesthetic eye drops and you may get medication to help you relax.
Recovery After Cataract Surgery
You will need a friend or family member to drive you home from surgery. A protective shield will be placed over your eye and you should expect to rest for the remainder of the day. It is normal to feel some mild irritation in the eye, but that should go away quickly. Dr. Montgomery will give you detailed post-op instructions and schedule a follow-up appointment to make sure your eye is healing properly. Full healing takes several weeks, but most patients resume work and regular activities within 1 to 3 days. You will need to avoid strenuous activity and dusty environments for at least one week.
Intraocular Lens Options (IOLs)
When you have cataract surgery, there are several types of IOLs to choose from. Cataract surgery can actually be an opportunity to vastly improve your vision, since advanced IOLs can do more than just treat cataracts—they can also correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, presbyopia, and astigmatism. Some of the advanced IOL options we offer include the PanOptix® Trifocal IOL, which can correct vision at multiple distances, and the Light Adjustable Lens™ from RxSight®, which is the only IOL that can be prescription-adjusted after surgery.
Why Choose Montgomery Eye Care for Cataract Treatment?
Dr. Montgomery knows that you have choices when it comes to your eye care, and he is grateful that you would consider trusting him with your vision. He is dedicated to serving the greater Denver community, where he has practiced since 1996. Dr. Montgomery has performed more than 30,000 procedures and he is board-certified. He invests in the latest technology, such as the Optiwave Refractive Analysis (ORA) SYSTEM®, to ensure that patients get the most accurate vision correction. He works to keep eye care affordable and creates treatment plans that are tailored to each patient's needs.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Cataract Surgery
Can I prevent cataracts?
No, cataracts are a natural part of the aging process and there is no way to prevent them. It is important to take care of your vision with regular eye exams so your eye doctor can diagnose any age-related changes early enough to treat them properly.
What are the risks of cataract surgery?
Cataract surgery is one of the safest and most commonly performed surgeries, but any surgical procedure carries some risk. Possible risks of cataract surgery include infection, inflammation, swelling, bleeding, and retinal detachment. You can minimize your risk by choosing an experienced surgeon and following all pre and post surgical instructions.
Will I need cataract surgery in both eyes?
Patients often develop cataracts in both eyes, although they can progress at different rates and need treatment at different times and some patients will have a cataract in just one eye. In either case, we typically perform surgery for each eye in separate procedures on different days.
Can I be put under for cataract surgery?
Cataract surgery is typically a quick and routine procedure. General anesthesia (or being “put to sleep”) is not necessary and not recommended because it would introduce greater risk of complications from anesthesia. Your eye will be numbed so you are comfortable and you will also be offered a mild IV sedative to help you relax.
Can I just get LASIK to correct my vision?
LASIK is a great procedure to correct vision, but it does not treat cataracts. LASIK works by reshaping the cornea, but cataracts are a problem with the lens inside the eye.
Can cataracts grow back?
Not exactly, but there is a condition called posterior capsule opacification, or PCO, that can develop after cataract surgery. PCO is sometimes called “secondary cataracts” because they cause symptoms similar to cataracts, but this condition can be fixed without cataract surgery. If you develop secondary cataracts, Dr. Montgomery can use a YAG laser to treat them in his office. Dr. Montgomery can use a YAG laser to treat them in his office.
If blurry vision or other cataract symptoms are getting in your way, we can help. Dr. Jim Montgomery and the team at Montgomery Eye Care are dedicated to helping you see better. Contact us with any questions about cataracts or to schedule a consultation appointment.
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