There are at least 2 possible options that any patient may consider for their cataract treatment when diagnosed Depending on the person’s present cataract development. Here are the recommended solutions.
1st Option – Non-surgical treatment
If the patient’s cataract formation shows minimal growth and doesn’t cause any obstruction to their general visual capacity, then, Dr. Jackson will most likely advise the wearing of specialized eyeglasses like anti-glare sunglasses or high performing magnifying lenses. Some individuals are either recommended the application of tints or coating on their existing lenses to minimize further growth of the cataract.
Other patients with early signs of cataract may need to adopt a few changes in their present lifestyles to delay an eye surgery procedure like avoid long exposure to night driving. When the patient’s cataract condition worsens resulting to loss of vision, then, the next option will be discussed.
2nd Option – Eye Surgery
The cataract eye surgery procedure is the final option to completely remove any cataract, especially for those patients whose cataracts have grown to the extent where extreme discomfort and disruption from daily activities are already felt.
The following eye surgery methods are offered as solutions in treating a patient’s cataracts:
This is the most common method of cataract removal treatment in today’s modern generation. The cataract surgeon uses an ultrasonic instrument where it emits ultrasound waves to break the clouded lens into tiny particles and later suctioned. After that, the surgeon puts the best cataract lens replacements suited to the patient’s visual needs. This method is also known as the “small incision cataract surgery” where one stitch or no stitch at all is performed to close the wound because of a smaller incision made by the surgeon.
- Femtosecond Laser
This is the newest method of cataract removal. It softens the cataract to allow for easier phacoemulsification. The phacoemulsification process still is needed though. Femtosecond laser technology however is not covered by insurance and is a completely out of pocket expense for the patient.
Anyone can be affected with cataract formation, although this case of eye problem is often associated as part of the aging process. Depending on its actual growth and side effects brought to the patient like poor visual performance or inability to carry on with his/her present lifestyle activities with your cataract doctor’s advice a surgery plan will be presented plus the choices to select. The potential risk factors, recovery periods, cataract cost and final outcome will also be given so the patient can make an informed decision.