The Benefits of Cataract Lens Surgery

 By: Kate Dawson
There is plenty of help available for people who are affected by cataracts. In the early stages when the cataract is small there are eye drops that can help delay the process of the cataract spreading. Even some lifestyle changes like improvements to diet can help stem the expansion of the cataract. Ultimately, however, if no surgical treatment is received, the cataract will spread across the eye and cause blindness. Having surgery may sound very daunting, but the procedure is, in fact, very straight forward, safe and quick. Plus, there is very little recovery time needed. This is a guide to the main benefits of cataract lens surgery.

Benefit 1. The cataract is dealt with
There is no denying that cataract surgery removes the cataract instantly. But if you are thinking of having cataract surgery you should also consider refractive lens exchange which will not only remove the cataract but also correct your vision, which is ideal for those over the age of 50. It works by removing the existing lens of the eye where the cataract has formed and replacing it with an artificial lens.

Benefit 2. The cataract cannot come back
As well as removing the cataract altogether, the artificial lens cannot be affected by cataracts in the future. The artificial lens can never become hardened or become cloudy in the way that a natural lens can. Once your cataract has been removed and your eyesight has returned, you can be sure it will remain clear and bright long into the future.

Benefit 3. Eye sight is fully restored
Many patients do not realise quite how bad their cataract was and when their sight is returned to them they cannot believe the difference. A cataract can cause sensitivity to bright lights. It can also cause double and blurred vision and halos to be seen around lights. They can even cause complete blindness if left untreated. Once the lens has been replaced however all these problems will instantly disappear.

Benefit 4. No more wearing glasses
If you have had to rely on glasses or contact lenses for any period of time you will know what being able to get rid of them for good will mean. If the cataract is removed during a refractive lens exchange procedure other eye problems such as long and short sightedness, also known as refractive errors, will also be corrected and eye sight is completely restored so any glasses or contact lenses can be disposed of for good. This form of cataract surgery truly brings a new lease of life to anyone who undergoes treatment.

Benefit 5. Recovery period is very short
It takes just a few days to recover from cataract surgery. Patients are often back at work in a few days. Sometimes there may be some swelling or redness following surgery but this can be helped with some eye drops that the surgeon will provide. A good rest is necessary immediately following surgery and of course no rubbing or touching of the eye, but normal life returns literally a couple of days following the surgery.

Benefit 6. Suitable for people with astigmatism
Refractive lens exchange is a treatment which is also suitable for people with astigmatism which many forms of eye surgery aren't. Astigmatism is an irregularity in the shape of the cornea, so instead of being round it is oval and can cause images to focus on the retina incorrectly normally distorting them and causing blurry vision at all distances.

People considering cataract lens surgery should also seriously consider refractive lens exchange as they will be able to fix their eyesight as well in the same surgery and prevent the cataracts from returning. The surgery puts an end to eye problems immediately. The procedure is very similar to a standard cataract operation procedure except that the patient will get a lens which also corrects their vision. It is quick, just 20 minutes per eye.
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