The new pattern of the day is not only to help people see properly following cataract treatment but also to help them see well even without glasses. This is the time of cataract surgery, optimizing postoperative vision of the patient. But, is cataract surgery safe? What are the risk and recovery time?
What is Cataract Surgery?
Cataracts are the cloudy part that forms on the lens of your eyes. Due to this people with cataracts have blurry or foggy vision. It is an age based vision disease that mostly occurs as you keep growing.
If you suffer from any of these symptoms, surgery might help:
If your vision becomes cloudy due to having a cataract, your doctor may suggest surgery to remove your eye lens and replace it with an artificial one. It’s a common and safe procedure, and when it’s done, you’ll be able to see better.
But the more cataracts grow, the more symptoms they cause. You could have a dim or blurred vision. You may also have double vision when you look at things through the eye with the cataract. These problems can make it hard to read, work on a computer, and do anything else that calls for clear eyesight.
The Procedure of Cataract Surgery:
The surgery usually takes well under an hour. Your surgeon will make a tiny cut in the front of your eye, sometimes with the help of a laser. Through this, they’ll put in a small tool to break up the cataract and draw it out gently.
1. Next, they’ll put in the new lens, which is made of plastic, silicone, or acrylic, and
close the cut.
2. Creating corneal incisions to allow the surgeon access to the lens
3. Removing the anterior capsule of the lens
4. Fragmenting the cataract
5. Creating peripheral corneal incisions to reduce astigmatism.
6. It offers good long-term results, and 97% to 98% of all cases done by an
experienced surgeon is successful and free of complications.
7. During cataract surgery, local anaesthesia -typically a mild sedative for relaxation
paired with the precision of computer-controlled lasers. These tools make it possible for patients to feel little to no discomfort during a cataract procedure.
What Are the Complications?
Side effects of cataract surgery are rare when treated properly, but there are certain things that few patients might experience:
1. Eye infection or swelling 2. Bleeding 3. Retinal detachment — the breaking away of a layer of tissue at the back of your
eye that senses light 4. Drooping eyelid 5. The temporary rise in eye pressure 12-24 hours after surgery. 6. Retinal detachment
These complications can be treated and recovered over the time very easily.
Recovery after Cataract Treatment:
● Your doctor would definitely recommend you wear an eye mask when you’re sleeping for the first week. This covers the surgical site so that the eye can regenerate. If you are in pain or feel that your eye is not healing, as your doctor should be told immediately.
● Usually, uncomplicated cataract operation just lasts about 15-25 minutes. Yet plan to stay in the operating room for 90 minutes or more, as you need more time to brace for surgery.
● Your eyes will be completely restored after 8 weeks. Following cataract treatment, about 95% of patients are treated successfully and rest may have general complications, which can be recovered within weeks.
● Strenuous exercise and moderate lifting (no more than 25 kg). Water that may spill into the eye or any such activities that may burden the eyes must be taken care of.
Risks and complications are there in every treatment in any health industry, but that doesn’t mean you should not consult any specialist due to fear. If treated properly anything is possible. Cataract surgery is a safe and successful treatment that is carried out around the world to improve the vision. ================================
Article 2: Contact Lenses or Lasik? Which one to choose for eyesight.
One of the most common questions we get from patients is “Why is LASIK better than continuing to use contact lenses?”
If you don’t like wearing glasses, then chances are you’ve probably thought about contact lenses as an alternative, but have you ever considered that laser eye surgery could be a better option?
Those who have used contact lenses for a long period of time understand the hassle that comes along with the – constant cleaning, red eyes, and the occasional piece of dirt stuck under the lens.
Let’s discuss the reasons why one might choose LASIK over contact lenses and vice versa.
As LASIK reaches new levels of popularity, people of all ages are ditching their prescription contact lenses for laser vision correction. While LASIK surgery is extremely safe and effective, there are some people who are better off sticking with their contact lenses.
What Happens After LASIK?
LASIK is a safer choice for those with visual impairments. This method of procedure is easier and has greater long-term benefits than using contact lenses.
The vision is changed and after LASIK operation you can get the perfect vision. Due to the numbing drops which are used, the patient experiences less pain. Immediately or the next day, vision is rectified. Bandages and stitches after LASIK aren’t required. After LASIK, patients no longer require eyeglasses or contact lenses. In contact lens wearers, the possibility of eye infections is more. For LASIK an expert surgeon needs to be consulted.
Some conditions can stop you from wearing lenses:
● Not taking proper care of the lenses
● Dirty working environment
● Dry eye
● Eye infections
Clean the contact lenses to remove germs and prevent infections. They should be substituted every 3 months. Do not use contact lenses again. Dispose of the lens solution after each use, and let the case dry air.
Contact lenses are used to correct conditions such as:
● Astigmatism (Vision is distorted)
● Myopia (Nearsightedness)
● Presbyopia (Bifocals are needed)
● Hyperopia (Farsightedness)
The Bottom Line:
Contact lenses should not be used excessively and should be replaced at bedtime. Harm to the cornea can occur when not used properly and the cornea will attract infections over the time. It is often better to choose Lasik over contact Lenses or Glasses for a permanent and long time solution.