One of the most common eye problems we develop as we age is cataracts. Cataracts are a progressive, painless clouding of the natural, internal lens of the eye. Because this clouding blocks light, the condition can compromise vision and make it difficult to see clearly. Cataracts are often related to growing older, but younger people can also develop them. Other health conditions, including diabetes, can also cause cataracts. Left untreated, cataracts can eventually lead to blindness.
Fortunately, cataract surgery is simple and has a relatively low instance of injuries. During the surgery, the cloudy lens in the eye is replaced by an implanted plastic lens. A cataract operation is mostly a routine intervention that takes about ten minutes and the complication rate is generally low. But ophthalmologists are constantly seeking ways for even better outcomes and less injury.
One particular technological development is being hailed in the field as groundbreaking. Cataract surgery has long required making an incision in the eye of the patient at least as large as their own lens, about 10 millimeters, and then required stitching. Ophthalmologists have realized laser techniques only require an opening of 1.6 millimeters to replace the blurred lens. Because the incision is so small, stitches are no longer necessary. The smaller the surgical procedure, the faster the recovery.
Along with all the other advantages, the total time for the completed procedure can be expedited. The age-old guideline has been for one eye to be operated on first and perform a second procedure on the other two weeks later. With the increased safety of the smaller incisions, surgeons can offer their patients the option to operate on both eyes in a single procedure.
Having an eye doctor monitor if you could be developing cataracts is just one reason why having vision insurance is so important. Learn about a Vision Plan through your association and AMBA. Visit www.AMBAdentalvision.com or call 866-979-0497.