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As you age, it is natural to start developing cataracts in one or both eyes. Cataracts are cloudy spots that spread through the lenses in your eyes, causing vision decline as the condition worsens. At first, you may not even notice the cataracts appear. Your eye doctor may see the small cloudy spots during an eye exam and alert you to the problem. As the cloudy areas spread, you may struggle to see at night, and then gradually lose your total field of vision during late stages of the disease. Thankfully, you can have your cataracts surgically removed by an eye surgeon to restore your vision.
Our eye doctors in Colorado Springs, Falcon, and Windsor will perform an eye exam and evaluate your eyesight with specialized equipment. During this exam, you will be asked a series of questions that will help your optometrist determine the severity of the cataracts. If the cataracts are impeding your quality of life, you may opt to have them surgically removed. Eye doctors also try to determine the main factors causing the development of these cloudy areas. Possible factors include injuries, certain medications and genetics.
If you are a good candidate for cataract removal surgery, you can select a date that will allow you several days of rest afterward. You will need to have one eye repaired at a time, as you will need to wear an eye patch for several nights after the surgery. Unless you have other conditions that increase your risk of complications, your cataract removal surgery will be performed on an outpatient basis. You must make arrangements for a ride to and from the surgical center, as you will not be able to drive for a while after the procedure.
Local anesthetic and antibacterial agents are used to perform the surgical preparation process. You will need to wear a device that keeps you from blinking or closing your eyes during the procedure. The removal procedure only takes a few minutes to complete after your eyes are fully prepped. You can leave the surgery center soon after the nurses provide you with aftercare instructions and an eye patch.
Upon going home to recover, you will need to keep the eye patch on your eye during the night at least. If you notice any light sensitivity or itching, you can wear the patch during the day as well. Your eye doctor will restrict all lifting over ten pounds while your eye heals. You can resume normal activity levels after your doctor performs the postoperative exam. Your eyesight should return to its normal state without cloudiness right away.
If cataracts are causing vision decline or other debilitating symptoms, schedule a consultation appointment with Alpine Vision today! We have office locations in Colorado Springs, Falcon, and Windsor, Colorado. During the exam, you can discuss the pros and cons of having the cataract surgery performed at this time versus allowing the condition to advance a bit further. Your doctor will help you find the right time for the surgical procedure.