Not Your Typical Laser Vision Correction, Cataract Removal Restores Sight in Older Adults
Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure that involves removing the eye’s clouded lens and replacing it with a clear artificial lens.
Cataracts are almost inevitable as we age. And while cataract surgery has been around for decades, it’s recent iterations using a femtosecond laser, rather than a blade to access the lens, is safer and results in fewer complications. But it’s the advanced lens implant options that lead to vision restoration without glasses or contacts.
Cataract surgery is one of the most common laser vision correction procedures around the world, and is very safe. And for people who opt to undergo refractive cataract surgery, they report experiencing numerous benefits after their treatment at Durrie Vision in Overland Park.
Cataract Surgery Improves Overall Vision
The biggest benefit of getting cataract surgery is truly the most obvious: restored vision. Because cataracts can cause the appearance of foggy vision, double vision, and add a yellow hue to everything, people with them don’t see their world as they should. Colors are distorted, and daily activities become exceedingly difficult, especially as cataracts worsen.
After an advanced refractive cataract surgery at Durrie Vision, the fogginess and yellow tint are gone. The premium lens implant reduces reliance on eyeglasses by delivering focusing power at a range of distances.
Cataract Surgery Reduces the Risk of Falling and Other Accidents
Falls are the leading cause of injuries in older adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
While frequently falling is dangerous and can signal the end of living independently, if those falls are caused by vision issues, especially double vision, then cataract surgery or other laser vision correction procedures could fix the underlying problem.
It’s not hyperbole to suggest that vision correction could keep older adults living in their homes for longer.
Cataracts Can Never Come Back
Like in refractive lens exchange, where the patient receives an artificial lens, the same occurs during refractive cataract surgery. The lenses affected by the cataracts are completely removed during the process.
Because an artificial lens is placed into the eye, cataracts can never return. That’s because cataracts can only form on natural lenses. Once you’ve had cataract surgery on both eyes, you’ll never need it again.
Hobbies are Possible Again
Older adults in Overland Park struggling to see may feel like they have to abandon doing the things they enjoy as their vision seems to worsen.
Cataracts can really put a damper on daily enjoyment of activities like cooking, sewing, knitting, painting, model building, carpentry, and other forms of “tinkering” that so many people love. Adults with cataracts may find that they can no longer see fine details, a necessary part of hobbies like these.
With cataract surgery, blurred and yellow vision becomes a thing of the past, and hobbyists will find themselves able to return to their favored pastimes with a renewed vigor.
What You Should Know About Cataract Surgery in Overland Park
Sometimes, when our patients are diagnosed with cataracts, they worry that they could have done more to prevent their vision problems. But truthfully, there’s nothing that prevents the development of cataracts; it’s a natural part of the aging process.
It is, however, possible to develop cataracts only in one eye, or more severely in just one eye. In this case, patients should speak to an eye surgeon at Durrie Vision about how to schedule refractive cataract surgery for the affected eyes.
Many patients undergo our outpatient cataract surgery in both eyes simultaneously, while others opt to do one at a time. Regardless, the recovery time is quick, and patients experience improved vision the following day.
Learn If Advanced Refractive Cataract Surgery is Right For You
At Durrie Vision, we use high-tech lasers to perform vision correction procedures on our patients. Our lasers are capable of precise movements and clean cuts for the best possible results.
Cataract surgery with a femtosecond laser, plus a premium lens implant, improves your vision quickly and painlessly in Overland Park.
Find out whether you’re a good candidate for a refractive cataract procedure during a consultation with one of our experienced eye surgeons. At your consultation appointment, our team will conduct an eye exam and test your vision, learn more about your eye health, and formulate a plan for the laser vision correction surgery that’s right for you.