As cataracts are permanent and irreversible, the only treatment option is surgery. After your eye is numbed and stabilized, microscopic incisions are made near the cornea, or the outer layer surrounding the eye. The clouded lens is broken up, commonly with the use of a laser, and extracted using a with gentle aspiration. It is then replaced with a clear lens implant. Lenses of various types are available, including extended depth of focus and multifocal lenses, to reduce your need for glasses for distance and reading after cataract surgery.
After the lens implant is positioned, the procedure is complete. You will be observed for approximately 30 minutes before being released, with the treated eye covered. The entire procedure requires only about 15 minutes per eye, and most patients only report only mild discomfort, if any. With the new artificial lens, the cataracts are permanently resolved and cannot return. A secondary healing film called a posterior capsular opacification may occur as part of the natural healing process of the lens implant and can be readily polished in the office with a laser. This polishing procedure typically is only needed once, if at all, after a cataract procedure.
As with any surgical procedure, cataract surgery has risks. During your initial consultation with our ophthalmologist, advise the surgeon of any medical conditions you have or medications you are currently taking. Certain medical conditions may inhibit the healing process or lead to complications. Inform us if you have had any other surgeries or other procedures on or near your eyes.
Your surgeon will provide aftercare instructions that are crucial to the healing process. The eyes will take up to two months to completely heal. Avoid rubbing or putting pressure near your eyes. Your surgeon may give you a special pair of glasses to protect your eyes from any dangerous bumps or scratches. Do not exercise or lift heavy objects as these can cause eyestrain. Keep your eyes clean and stay away from soap, dust, mold, mildew, or other contaminants. Apply all prescribed eye drops as Dr. Waring advises, as these drops aid in the healing process and help to ward off infection.
Charleston and the surrounding communities of Columbia, Mount Pleasant, and Myrtle Beach have come to know and respect Dr. George Waring and his staff at the Waring Vision Institute. He focuses on providing the most advanced treatments, high quality care and modern surgical procedures, including laser cataract surgery and the most advanced lens implants to reduce your dependence on glasses for all distances, for every patient. He is very knowledgeable has won numerous awards for his extensive work in ophthalmology. Schedule a consultation with our office for a thorough eye exam to check for early signs of cataracts, or to discuss cataract surgery.