The Many Benefits of Cataract Surgery

Cataracts cause the normally clear lenses in your eyes to become cloudy. This results in blurry vision and significant problems with glare. Over time, the cloudiness tends to worsen and can eventually affect your ability to see well enough to perform even simple daily tasks.

Surgery is often the treatment of choice for this progressive eye disease. The National Institutes of Health National Eye Institute estimates that half of all Americans have either had cataract surgery or experienced visual changes associated with cataracts by the time they’re 80.

The procedure typically involves removing your natural lens and replacing it with a fully functional artificial lens that can return your vision to pre-cataract levels.  

The board-certified ophthalmologists at University Ophthalmology in the Hyde Park area of Chicago, Illinois, are experts at helping restore your vision with cataract surgery. Here’s what these top-rated specialists have to say about the many benefits of cataract surgery.

Today’s cataract surgery is effective, fast and has a short recovery period

In the past, cataract surgery required several days of hospitalization and a lengthy recovery. Because the procedure offered significant visual gains, many patients were willing to put up with the inconvenience.

Today, advances in medical technology and technique make it possible to perform cataract surgery without an overnight hospital stay. Healing and recovery take place at home over a matter of days compared to several weeks. Better yet, the results are as effective — if not more effective — than ever.

More lens options

At University Ophthalmology, we still perform traditional cataract surgery, which uses fixed-focus mono-focal lenses that aren’t designed to correct common refractive errors. Thus, if you needed glasses for reading or driving before the surgery, you’ll need them afterward.

But we also offer intraocular lenses of varying types that can correct near, medium, and far vision and correct changes associated with astigmatism. Your ophthalmologist discusses your available options during an initial evaluation and helps you decide which is right for your circumstances.  

Restore your independence and improve your quality of life

As cataracts progress, the visual loss can make it impossible to work, drive, read, or engage in hobbies you once enjoyed. Cataract surgery can help you regain your independence and make it possible to participate in hobbies, work activities, and social events that improve your overall sense of well-being.

Decrease your risk of health complications associated with falls

As you age, falls become increasingly dangerous to your overall health. Poor vision greatly increases your risk of falling and fracturing one or several bones. By improving your vision, cataract surgery decreases your fall risk.

Don’t put up with failing vision that’s due to cataracts. Schedule an evaluation by phone or online at University Ophthalmology today. We can help protect and restore your sight.  

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