Traditional Cataract Eye Surgery in Toronto
What are Cataracts?
A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens that typically occurs as we age. The lens, which lies behind the iris and the pupil, can become cloudy as we age, in turn interfering with our ability to see clearly. Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in adults over the age of 40 and are also the primary cause of blindness. If you are experiencing cloudy or blurred vision then cataract eye surgery may be the procedure to help you begin seeing clearly again.
Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in Canada. Consequently, cataract surgery is one of the most common procedures. Traditional cataract surgery is complex, but safe and extremely effective.
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How is traditional cataract surgery performed?
Your surgeon makes a tiny incision in the side of the cornea and ultrasound waves then break up the clouded lens so that it can be removed. Through the same small incision the surgeon then inserts an IOL (intraocular lens). The incision is so small that the eye tissue usually seals itself.
Does the surgery take long?
The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, takes about 20 minutes and has a very quick recovery time. Most people are back to normal activities within a week after treatment.
Q: What is a cataract?
A: A cataract is a cloudiness of the eye’s natural lens, which lies between the front and back areas of the eye, directly behind the pupil.
Q: Are cataracts found only in older people?
A: Most cataracts develop slowly over time and affect people over age 50. About half of the population has a cataract by age 65, and nearly everyone over 75 has at least one. But in rare cases, infants can have congenital cataracts. These usually are related to the mother having German measles, chickenpox, or another infectious disease during pregnancy, but sometimes they are inherited.
Q: Is cataract surgery serious?
A: All surgery involves some risk, so yes, it is serious. However, cataract surgery is the most commonly performed type of surgery in the Canada. Bochner Eye Institute surgeons have performed several thousand procedures. Choosing a surgeon with this much experience will reduce the risk of something going wrong.
Q: My grandfather had cataract surgery years ago, and he had to wear thick glasses afterward. Is this still necessary?
A: Rarely does anyone have to wear thick, heavy eyeglasses after cataract surgery these days. Most modern cataract procedures involve the use of advanced technology and IOLs (intraocular lenses) that often can correct your vision to 20/20 without glasses or contact lenses. In fact, premium multifocal IOLs and accommodating IOLs can even eliminate your need for reading glasses after cataract surgery.
Q: What are possible side effects of cataract surgery?
A: As with any surgery, pain, infection, swelling and bleeding are possible, but very few people experience serious cataract surgery complications. In most cases, complications or side effects from the procedure can be successfully managed with medication or a follow-up procedure. To reduce your risk for problems after cataract surgery, be sure to follow the instructions your surgeon gives you and report any unusual symptoms immediately.