As we get older, our vision gradually deteriorates. Especially today, where we spend so much time in front of screens, the need for reading glasses and other visual aids has substantially increased. Due to the increased wear and tear on our eyes, we’re also seeing a jump in the number of cataract cases – a disorder which clouds and blurs vision.
Luckily, people don’t have to live with cataracts anymore – as a procedure that replaces their eye’s natural lens with an intraocular lens has changed the game. These allow patients to see clearly again – and for a long time.
But how do you know you’re at that point? What are some of the benefits? How do things work once you’ve had the procedure? Those are some of the things we’re here to answer today. Here are some of the common questions we get regarding intraocular lenses. Let’s jump right in.
Do I need them?
Cataracts come with symptoms of blurry vision and in some other cases – halos and glares when you’re in lit environments. The good news is that one of the most successful medical procedures performed in the US is cataract surgery. If you’re diagnosed with cataracts, your doctor will give you the option to have the procedure done. Even better- you’ll find that if you had other issues with your vision – like astigmatism, farsightedness or nearsightedness – that those issues can be corrected, too. Cataracts is the leading cause of preventable blindness, so if you’re experiencing symptoms – let your doctor know.
Can the lenses be removed or replaced?
The simple answer to this question is – yes. If there is an issue with your IOL, you can get it replaced with another one. While these occurrences are far and few between – it can happen when vision isn’t corrected properly. But know that if the IOL isn’t working perfectly – that it can be repaired and replaced.
How long will these lenses last?
IOL’s are good for the rest of your life. Unlike a natural lens, they won’t break down over time. It takes 1-2 days to recover, but once you’re through that window, your eyesight will feel like new. It should go without saying that you’ll have a few follow-up appointments, but they should mostly be routine. Now keep in mind – if your eyesight issues are a little bit more severe in nature, this recovery period might last a little bit longer, but the end result will be the same.
Technology is an amazing thing and there’s no reason to have to suffer from cataracts in today’s world. Hopefully, this blog helped answer some of your questions and laid to rest some of your fears. In the meantime, be sure to schedule your appointment with your eye doctor. Good luck!