What is cataract surgery and who should get it?

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Cataracts are slow-to-develop accumulations of proteins that cloud your eye’s lens and prevents light from passing through to the retina. If the lens of an eye isn’t translucent due to cataracts, your retina fails to receive clear images after interpreting incoming light reflected off objects. When cataracts affect your vision, everything may appear dull, yellowish and out-of-focus.

Since cataracts often take decades to interfere with vision, you won’t notice a deterioration in your vision until cataracts have thickened significantly. Getting yearly eye exams is the best way to know if a cataract is forming. When you need cataract surgery Roseburg  ophthalmologist Dr. Andrea Gray offers minimally invasive cataract removal to significantly improve your vision

Who Needs Cataract Surgery?

In some cases, cataracts do not worsen to the point that they impair your vision. However, cataracts harden as they develop, and proteins continue accumulating on the lens of your eye. Late-stage cataracts are harder to surgically remove than early stage cataracts.

Answering “yes” to one or more of these questions indicates you might consider cataract surgery:

  • Are you having trouble performing work tasks?
  • Is your inability to see clearly reducing your quality of life?
  • Is it harder for you to see while driving at night?
  • Have you had a falling or driving accident because of your cataracts?

How is Cataract Surgery Performed?

Removing cataracts involves Dr. Gray replacing the old lens with a new “intraocular” lens. Some people may not choose an intraocular lens to compensate for their nearsightedness or farsightedness. You can choose a regular lens and continue wearing corrective lenses if you wish.

Cataract surgery in Roseburg employs a technique called phacoemulsification. Laser energy dissolves the cataract and lens into tiny pieces using an ultrasound device. After removing these pieces, Dr. Gray then inserts the new lens. Incisions made during cataract surgery are self-sealing. No stitches are needed.

To learn more about cataract surgery in Roseburg, call 541-957-5400 today to schedule an appointment.

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