While the concept of cataract surgery is nothing new, methodologies are rapidly evolving. Traditional surgery requires surgeons to extract cataracts and replace the lens using rather basic surgical tools and basic lenses. While the success rates for the procedure are very high, there are still some risks involved. Today’s cataract surgery technology, however, is far more exacting than earlier strategies, providing virtually problem-free results for patients.
A Brief History
Interestingly, surgery for cataracts was performed as early as 29 A.D., and has been continually improved on since the mid-1700s. The early procedures were crude, yet patients still experienced improved vision following the surgery. It wasn’t until the World War II era that intraocular lens implantation was introduced, and the basis for contemporary procedures was born. Since that time, the techniques used to perform cataract surgery procedures have mirrored the improvements made in technology.
New Lens Options Provide Improved Vision & Other Benefits
Modern intraocular lens options are nothing short of extraordinary. Cataract surgery candidates with cloudy, discolored vision can see normally again after their procedure. The procedure itself is incredibly short, and most patients experience fast, virtually trouble-free recoveries. A cornea specialist, like Dr. John Goosey, provides patients with a description of the procedure, along with the anticipated results prior to performing the procedure. As well as information on the different types of implant lenses that are available. Follow-up visits ensure that the patient is recovering as anticipated, and no post-operative issues are encountered.
Patients with astigmatism also benefit from refractive surgery that corrects the condition and improves overall vision. In fact, modern surgical techniques are commonly in use to improve a variety of vision issues. There is no longer a reason for patients to endure poor vision, as procedures are now routinely available to deal with several vision issues while also removing cataracts at the same time.
The main benefit to vision in today’s world of innovative eye surgery, is the availability of new lens options. In the past, patients who received traditional intraocular lenses after cataract surgery still had to wear glasses for reading and/or distance vision. Nowadays, patients can choose high tech lens implants that will permanently correct vision and dismiss the need for glasses.
Newer Laser Eye Surgery Options Improve Outcomes
Today’s femtosecond cataract surgery, while still in relative infancy, has proved to provide results not deemed possible in the past. In addition, the newest surgical strategies are giving birth to even more exciting possibilities for the future. Technological advancements are occurring rapidly, suggesting tomorrow’s vision patients are likely to have access to even more effective techniques.
If someone you know is experiencing any type of cataract vision issue, it’s important to contact a cornea specialist for consultation. You may be surprised at the potential solutions now readily available to deal with your condition. Contact Dr. Goosey’s office to schedule an appointment at 713-234-6134.