Cataracts affect millions of people every year. The painless eye condition develops within the natural lenses and is often detected during a routine eye exam. As people grow older, the lenses tend to harden and may become cloudy behind the iris and pupil. An opaque lens interferes with proper vision because it doesn’t allow light to reach the retina. The effect is like peering through a dirty window. Cataracts can develop in both eyes or just one, at different times, or at once.
The blurry layer can develop gradually over time, but cataracts may also occur at birth. The sight-robbing ocular condition can show up as the result of an eye injury, at any age. In addition, certain diseases like diabetes can cause cataracts. This is due to the long-term use of specific medications (steroids), but it can also be caused by heavy alcohol use, smoking, a low antioxidant diet, and excessive sun exposure.
The good news is, cataracts in Pawleys Island can be surgically removed for improved vision. At Lowcountry Vision Care, we often recommend cataract surgery if vision has already diminished or if a person feels their impaired vision is interfering with driving, daily functions, or overall quality of life. Cataract surgery in Pawleys Island removes the damaged lens and replaces it with a prosthetic.
If the impaired vision cannot be corrected with glasses, your eye doctor at Lowcountry Vision Care will refer you to an ophthalmologist for a cataract evaluation. If eye surgery is needed, the clouded natural lens will be removed and replaced with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). If surgery is required for both eyes, your surgeon will likely operate on one at a time. This simple procedure can be completed in as little as 20 minutes. But, about 90 minutes or more of recovery time may be needed following surgery.