When is the right time to opt for cataract surgery? Do you know if you are a suitable can
didate? What is the process, or procedure? What can you expect? These are just a few of the questions that you may have, and that you need to have answered before deciding to undergo Las Vegas cataract surgery. Dr. Chandler is pleased to offer co-management of cataract surgery as a service to you, our valued patient. Co-management involves providing advice, guidance, recommendations, and referrals, and any other information regarding the surgery and recovery.
Cataracts, which are the result of a buildup of protein in the lenses of the eyes, is a progressive condition, meaning it worsens with the progression of time. In the early stages, it is possible to counteract the effects on the eyesight with a prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses. However, as cataracts progress and vision becomes more hindered, blurrier and cloudier, vision may be so limited that daily life is significantly affected. This can include driving, reading, watching TV, using the computer, working, playing golf, even enjoying an afternoon at the museum. Undergoing cataract surgery can restore one’s vision significantly, enabling one to resume these, and other activities in daily life.
Everyone will develop cataracts with age; however, there are certain risk factors that can cause cataract development at an accelerated rate, such as:
High blood pressure
Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol
Previous ocular injury or inflammation
Previous eye surgery
Prolonged use of corticosteroid medications
Exposure to Ultraviolet radiation from the sunlight and/or other sources
Exposure to radiation, such as X-rays and cancer treatment
Cataract surgery is a simple and relatively painless procedure, and is done on an outpatient basis. A local anesthetic eye drop is used to numb the eye, but the patient is typically awake during the procedure. Cataract surgery involves removing the internal portion of the clouded lens, leaving the outer capsule intact, and inserting a new intraocular lens implant. Intraocular lens implants can be designed to address or correct certain aspects of vision, such as distance, astigmatism, monovision, and multifocal vision correction. With this procedure, it is possible to refine or customize one’s vision. After Las Vegas cataract surgery, one will be less dependent on glasses or contacts, and may not need them at all. Dr. Chandler will work closely with you and your selected eye surgeon to coordinate the surgery, and to provide all the necessary pre-op and post-op help required.