Cataract surgery is the most frequently performed medical procedure in the United States with millions of cataracts removed annually. The cataract surgeons at Texas Eye and Laser Center in Fort Worth and Hurst have performed thousands of successful cataract removal procedures using the most advanced technology available in the comfort of their own surgery center. This helps ensure the best possible results with maximum patient convenience. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may be a candidate for cataract surgery.
Symptoms of a Cataract
- Difficulty seeing at night
- Decreased vision
- Trouble reading
- Halos around lights
- Having blurred vision
- Having double vision in a single eye
- Sense that you are looking through fog
- Poor depth perception
- Colors seem to be fading or yellowing
How Can I Get Diagnosed with a Cataract?
It is important to undergo an extensive eye exam by your personal eye doctor to determine if you are suffering from cataracts. If you believe you are experiencing the symptoms of a cataract, then please contact the Texas Eye and Laser Center in Fort Worth to schedule a comprehensive eye examination.
Are you searching for a cataract surgeon in the Ft. Worth Area? A cataract is the clouding of the eye’s natural crystalline lens. The lens assists with focusing light rays on to the retina, which translates the image to the brain. After the lens starts to cloud, it is impossible to return the lens to its clear state with medications. Cataract surgery will be required.
Some people think a cataract is a growth on the outside of the eye, but a cataract is actually the gradual clouding occurring within the lens located inside your eye.
Various factors may increase the onset of a cataract, but it is said that if we live long enough, everyone will develop a cataract sooner or later. UV radiation and cigarette smoking have been listed as potentially likely to increase the development of a cataract.
Preparing for Your Cataract Surgery
It is important that you discuss your vision expectations with your doctor so that you can determine the right lens implant for you. You will be given the choice of receiving a traditional implant, which corrects vision at one distance, or a LifeStyle Lens IOL designed to provide a wide range of focus. Your cataract surgeon at the Texas Eye and Laser Center will explain the differences between these lenses, which are outlined on our LifeStyle Implants Page. Whichever lens you choose will be inserted into your eye after your natural lens has been removed.
During the Cataract Procedure
Before the surgery, your eye must be cleaned and dilated. Both our Hurst and Fort Worth Cataract surgeons use topical anesthetic on the eye before the small incision is made. An ultrasonic device will be used to emulsify the hard yellow proteins that form the cataract. A suction device can then remove the liquefied cataract from the eye.
A folded intraocular lens will be inserted through the original incision. This lens will stay in its proper and permanent position inside your eye. You will not be able to feel or sense this lens in any way. Your small incision will self-seal, and you will not require any stitches.
Cataract Surgery Recovery
Recovering from cataract surgery is fast and relatively easy. Most patients will notice better vision with their new intraocular lens implant within the first 48 hours. Please remember that no two eyes heal quite the same way, and sometimes vision recovery can vary. It is important that you follow postoperative instructions and use the two different eye medications (both eye drops) as instructed. It is important that you refrain from strenuous physical activity and from rubbing your eyes during the first few weeks after surgery.
If you have any questions before or after your cataract surgery, please contact our Hurst or Fort Worth cataract treatment centers. Your vision is important to us so don’t hesitate.