Cataract Treatment: The Possible Options Any Patient Can Consider

By: Jacksoneye
November 10th, 2015

Cataract treatmentThere are at least 2 possible options that any patient may consider for their cataract treatment when diagnosed depending on the person’s present problem development. Here are the recommended solutions.

1st Option – Non-surgical cataract treatment

If the patient’s cataract  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 a  surgery procedure like avoid long exposure to night driving. When the patient’s condition worsens resulting to loss of vision, then, the next option will be discussed.

2nd Option – Cataract Eye Surgery Treatment

The cataract eye surgery procedure is the final option to completely remove any growths, especially for those patients whose formations have grown to the extent where extreme discomfort and disruption from daily activities are already felt.

The following methods are offered as solutions in treating a patient’s cataracts.

Phacoemulsification

This is the most common method of cataract removal treatment in today’s modern generation. The 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 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 doctor.

Femtosecond Laser

This is the newest method of cataract treatment. It softens the formation 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.

Patient tips

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.