Cataracts are often thought to be an age-related condition; however, they can actually affect people of any age. If you are affected by a progressive cloudiness in the natural lens of the eye, causing a blurry, foggy, or glare effect in your vision, you may have a cataract. Cataracts are a serious condition and will cause your vision to become worse if left untreated. Here at Grochmal Eye Care, Dr. Jay C. Grochmal can remove cataracts and implant a state-of-the-art intraocular lens (IOL) to improve your eyesight.
Please contact Dr. Grochmal to schedule a consultation for cataract surgery here in the Baltimore, Maryland area.
The Cataract Surgery Procedure
Most cataract surgery procedures involve the creation of a small incision in the cornea. Anesthetic drops will be placed onto the eyes to reduce any pain and discomfort during the procedure, and intravenous sedation may also be used to make you more comfortable. Our surgeon will then remove the cataract, and replace the natural lens with an intraocular lens implant (IOL). The IOL is designed to allow clear focus of light rays on the retina, leading to improved vision. Dr. Grochmal will talk with you about IOL’s such as ReSTOR® prior to your cataract surgery. These premium lens implants can often not only help you see more clearly after cataract removal, but they may also possibly reduce your need for corrective eyewear, even at near distances.
The entire cataract surgery procedure typically takes only about 20 minutes, and is usually performed as an outpatient.
As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with cataract surgery. Dr. Grochmal will discuss all risks and benefits of the procedure at your initial consultation, and answer any questions you may have. However, Dr. Grochmal is a skilled specialist and will take every precaution to lessen the risk of complications from surgery. We will also be happy to speak with you about alternatives to cataract surgery, such as increased corrective eyewear prescriptions for patients with mild cataracts who are not yet ready for surgery. It’s important to remember that, even with mild cataracts, surgery will ultimately be necessary at some point. Cataracts are a progressive condition that will worsen over time, and surgery can be very effective at alleviating the symptoms and reducing the risk of further vision deterioration.
Recovery from Cataract Surgery
Once cataract surgery has been performed, most patients are typically able to go home after an hour or so. Dr. Grochmal will provide you with protective eyeshields to keep your eyes safe from harm for a few days after the procedure. You will also be provided with medicinal eyedrops. Although it will ultimately take several weeks for the eyes to completely heal after cataract surgery, patients will likely see improved vision the day after the procedure, with continued improvement over the weeks following.
Please contact Grochmal Eye Care, serving the Baltimore, Maryland area. We will be happy to evaluate your vision and discuss your options for removing cataracts and helping you improve your eyesight.