Every year, 2 million Americans have cataract surgery. In addition to improving your vision, cataract surgery also improves your quality of life. The board-certified ophthalmologists at Beraja Medical Institute specialize in cataract surgery and offer innovative procedures to reduce your recovery time. To request a consultation, contact the office in Coral Gables, Florida, by phone or online today.
Cataract Surgery Q & A
What are cataracts?
Cataracts are an eye disease that causes a clouding of your eye lens. In most cases, cataracts are part of the aging process and develop when the proteins in your eye break down, creating a cloudy film over your normally clear lens.
Cataracts develop slowly and affect your vision. Initially, the team at Beraja Medical Institute recommends prescription eyeglasses to correct the visual changes cataracts cause. However, as your cataracts expand, glasses may no longer be effective.
Am I a good candidate for cataract surgery?
The team at Beraja Medical Institute considers you a good candidate for cataract surgery when your cataracts make it difficult for you to perform daily activities, such as reading, sewing, or watching television. The ophthalmology experts offer two types of cataract surgery, including basic cataract surgery and laser cataract and astigmatism surgery.
The team determines the best procedure for you based on your symptoms, exam findings, test results, and individual needs.
What is basic cataract surgery?
During basic cataract surgery, your ophthalmologist uses a small blade to remove your clouded lens and replaces it with an intraocular lens (IOL) implant. Your ophthalmologist uses a topical anesthetic and intravenous (IV) sedative to ensure your comfort during the procedure.
The experienced ophthalmologists at Beraja Medical Institute may perform your cataract surgery without the need for stitches or patches, which means your vision is restored the same day.
After your basic cataract surgery, you can resume most of your usual activities right away, except for swimming, gardening, and construction, which can be added back to your routine two weeks after surgery.
What are laser cataract and astigmatism surgeries?
Laser cataract and astigmatism surgery is an advanced surgical procedure that uses laser technology to remove the cataract lens. During the procedure, your ophthalmologist uses the Femto laser to make incisions and divide your cataract into more than 50 small pieces for easy removal. Your new IOL implant is then inserted.
To ease discomfort, your ophthalmologist at Beraja Medical Institute uses anesthesia drops and an IV sedative during the procedure. Because the procedure is performed without blades, you don’t need stitches and patches, so your vision is restored the same day.
To learn more about your treatment options for cataracts from the experienced and innovative team at Beraja Medical Institute, call the office today or request an appointment online
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