As you age various parts of your body begin to change and often not for the better as years of use takes it toll. The same is true for your eyes, which can become susceptible to several problems usually associated with aging. One such problem is cataracts, a condition where the normally clear lens of the eye begins to get cloudy, blurring vision and eventually blocking out the light. The lens allows light into the eye and focuses it on the retina at the back of the eye. Made of protein and water the clear lens can begin to cloud up as a result of aging. Our doctors at Glaucoma Consultants of St. Louis will diagnose, monitor and treat cataracts to restore lost vision by performing St. Charles eye surgery.
A cataract is diagnosed through a simple eye examination in our state-of-the-art offices. As a progressive disease that advances slowly most of the time it may take months or years until the cataract gets to the point where our surgeon will perform St. Charles eye surgery to remove it. Basically, it is up to the patient to tell our doctor when the cataract is affecting their lifestyle enough to warrant its removal. Cataract removal has become a very common surgery that is performed as an outpatient procedure. Our doctor makes a slit in the cornea through either conventional methods or by using a special laser and then removes the lens by a process called phacoemulsification, which uses ultrasound to break up the clouded lens into little pieces and that are then suctioned out. Once the old lens has been removed our doctor replaces it with an artificial lens. The typical intraocular lens (IOL) is a single vision lens geared to restore distance vision but there are multi-focal IOLs available that our doctor can implant instead.
The whole St. Charles eye surgery procedure takes just a few minutes and is relatively painless. After surgery the patient keeps the eye covered and rests until they visit the doctor for a follow-up in a day or two. After the procedure the new lens affords the patient clear vision that usually allows them to get rid of their corrective lenses. If you think that you are developing a cataract please call our office for an appointment.