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Cataract Surgery

Cataracts cause the lens of the eye to become thicker and cloudy. As the condition progresses, cataracts stop light from reaching the retina, causing blurry and cloudy vision, light glare, and other vision difficulties. While most people who develop cataracts are over 60 years old, anyone of any age can develop them.

Common Symptoms of Cataracts

  • Cloudy, blurry, foggy, yellowish, filmy, or dim vision
  • New glasses or contacts don’t seem to help
  • Color vision changes
  • Glare or other issues while driving at night
  • Double vision in one or both eyes
  • Depth perception issues
  • Vision worsening in sunlight
  • Glare during the day

Common Causes of Cataracts

  • Underlying health concerns, such as metabolic conditions
  • Certain medications, including steroids
  • Eye trauma
  • Diabetes
  • Age
  • UV light exposure
  • Smoking
  • Vision loss

Treating Your Cataracts Through Eye Surgery

Unfortunately, once cataracts have developed, there are no non-surgical treatments to reverse the condition. The only way to clear your vision again is to have eye surgery.

After using ultrasound energy to break up the build-up, our surgeons remove the cataracts and replace your lenses with one of six clear intraocular lenses (IOL) to improve your vision.

These lenses are designed to clear your vision for either near or far-sightedness. You may still need to wear glasses to help you see far distances or read a book.

Toric IOLs are just like Monofocal lenses but with a special twist: these lenses can be used in cataract surgery to correct astigmatisms as well, providing a better solution than monofocal lenses for those with astigmatism.

A great built-in bifocal, these Multifocal IOLs let you see far and near without needing to wear glasses.

Just like the Toric lenses, the Toric Multifocal IOLs can treat astigmatism. But these lenses also let you see near and far without wearing glasses.

With an extended depth for sharp vision without halos or glares, the Extended Depth of Focus IOL is used to give you a continuous range for near-sightedness.

The Toric Extended Depth of Focus IOL is nearly the same design as the Extended Depth of Focus IOL, but this lens enables your eye surgeon to treat astigmatism as well as cataracts with an extended focus for near vision.

Choosing the Right Intraocular Lens for You

After years of study and development, the FDA has approved these six IOLs to be used in treating cataracts. While each one serves a different purpose, it doesn’t mean that one is better than the other.

Knowing the answer to which IOLs are right for you can be found after discussing your vision health with Dr. Gelman. Our dedicated and experienced vision care team is here to help you solve your vision concerns and find better vision once again!

Start seeing clearly again with cataract surgery in McAllen at Gelman Vision.

Cataract Surgery Frequently Asked Questions

Knowing the answer to which IOLs are right for you can be found after discussing your vision health with Dr. Gelman. Our dedicated and experienced vision care team is here to help you solve your vision concerns and find better vision once again!

The only treatment for cataracts that can provide vision improvements is cataract surgery. There are no other known ways to remove cataracts or treat the condition.

Full recovery from cataract surgery takes between four and six weeks, but you can expect to begin to feel normal again within a day of your surgery. You may be sensitive to light for several days after your procedure.

The actual cataract surgery procedure shouldn’t take any longer than approximately 20 minutes, but you can expect to spend at least 30 minutes after your procedure waiting for the effects of the sedatives to wear off.

There are few risks presented by cataract surgery, and the risks that exist can usually be treated. In rare cases, cataract surgery may cause:

  • Swelling
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Drooping lid
  • Retinal detachment
  • Artificial lens displacement
  • Glaucoma
  • Loss of vision
  • Secondary cataracts

Immediately following your procedure, you can expect to feel a bit of discomfort and experience some mild swelling. Your discomfort may last for a few days or a week.

Once a cataract has been removed, it can’t grow back. You will only be able to undergo cataract surgery once per eye. This means that the maximum number of times you may need to undergo the procedure is twice: once per eye. In most cases, cataract patients develop the condition in both eyes and at the same time. However, usually, you’re only recommended to get cataract surgery on one eye at a time. That means that many people will need to have two cataract surgery procedures in their lifetime.

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