What to Know About Cataract Treatment Options

Friday, May 04 2012

What to Know About Cataract Treatment Options

If you have cataracts and are considering your treatment options, there are a few things you should know before jumping in to treatment. In an article published in the New York Times, Dr. Marian Macsai outlines five things she thinks all cataract patients should know.

1.      Although they affect your vision, cataracts do not damage your eye. Unlike other eye diseases, like glaucoma, in most cases, cataracts don’t cause injury to the eye. Treatment isn’t necessary to avoid eye damage, but simply to clear vision.

2.      Cataract surgerymight be performed one eye at a time. Due to the varying progression of cataracts, your ophthalmologist may decide to perform cataract surgery one eye at a time.

3.      There can be some complications from cataract surgery. Cataract surgery is safe, but with any surgery, there is a small chance of complications. The most serious infection is infection, which occurs in one out of every 500-1000 cataract replacement procedures. Other complications include difficulty removing all the pieces of the lens that is being removed. Choosing to work with the experienced ophthalmological surgeons at Key-Whitman, you will be in good hands during your treatment.

4.      You may have an option for your choice of replacement lens. There are more options for lens replacements than the standard monofocal lens. Key-Whitman offers Tecnis® multifocal lenses to correct near and far vision and eliminate your need for reading glasses. If you have astigmatism, AcrySof® IQ Toric lenses may be an option for your replacement.

5.      Talk to your doctor about the best choice in lens replacement for your vision needs. If you aren’t bothered or restricted by reading glasses, monofocal lenses may be the best choice for you. Be sure to discuss all the pros and cons of lens options with your doctor before you commit to surgery.

If you are considering treatment for cataracts, contact Key-Whitman to schedule a comprehensive exam. We will be able to discuss all of your options with you. As with any medical procedure, it’s best to do your research prior to committing to treatment. Key-Whitman will help explain all of your options to you.

Are you considering treatment for cataracts? What are some of your primary concerns or questions? Let us know in the comments below!