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 clients 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.
Clear vision, unaffected by cataracts. Simulation of vision with cataracts: blurred, yellowish, worse at night.