Turn the Clock Back on Cataracts at Spector Eye Care!
At Spector Eye Care, we take great pride in providing the latest advances in cataract surgery. We also ensure that each patient is at ease from the beginning of their initial consultation to the completion of their recovery. We give you the opportunity to turn back the hands of the clock and return to your more youthful vision.
What are Cataracts?
In order to learn more about cataracts, it is important to begin by understanding how your eye works. In the normal eye, there are two structures that are mainly responsible for refracting, or bending light so that it focuses properly on the retina. The first structure is the outermost layer called the cornea. The second is the crystalline lens, which is located behind the colored part of the eye, or the iris. Both the cornea and the lens must be perfectly clear if your vision is to be clear. While the cornea maintains its clarity throughout life, the lens may undergo a number of changes as you age.
As the lens loses flexibility, it is often followed by a loss of transparency. As you progress through middle age, the normally crystal clear lens gradually becomes yellow and cloudy. As the lens loses its transparency and its optical clarity, it may begin to impair your ability to see well in low light, like in movie theaters, concerts and night driving. The cloudiness may also create glare, light sensitivity or an overall decrease in your vision. If parts of the lens become too cloudy, they may cause a significant decrease in both day and night vision. The cloudy, yellowed lens is called cataract.
What is Cataract Surgery Like?
Cataract surgery today is safe, effective and common. Each year in the United States, more than 2.5 million people have cataract surgery. At Spector Eye Care, we specialize in preparing our patients for this life changing treatment.
Thanks to advanced cataract surgical procedures and lens implant technology, cataract surgery is not only one of the most frequently performed surgical procedures in the United States, but it is also one of the safest and most successful. Cataract surgery is performed on an outpatient basis and usually only requires a few hours from beginning to end.
How is Cataract Surgery Performed?
First, the eye is treated with an anesthetic so there is little to no discomfort. Then, the eye surgeon operates while looking through a highly specialized microscope, designed exclusively for this purpose. A very small incision, less than 3 mm, is made at the edge of the cornea.
Through the tiny incision, a microsurgical, ultrasonic oscillating probe is inserted, which gently fragments the cloudy lens, using high frequency sound waves. Simultaneously, this same instrument suctions out the fragmented pieces. This process is called “phacoemulsification.” The posterior capsule, an elastic bag-like membrane that holds the lens, is left in place.
Once all the pieces of the cataract have been removed, a new implant lens is folded, inserted through the small incision, and allowed to open up inside the posterior capsule.
Cataract surgery at Spector Eye Care is performed on an outpatient basis and usually takes about two hours from start to finish. After your surgery at one our Connecticut offices, you will need to arrange for a ride home, as your recovery period restricts driving.
Please schedule your consultation with our Cataract specialists at Spector Eye Care today by calling our offices in Norwalk and Stamford at 203.853.9900. We look forward to speaking with you!