New technology is dramatically changing how doctors treat cataracts. Lasers used in the procedure not only take away the cataracts, but many people do not need to wear glasses any more after it’s over.
Cataracts develop slowly and do not trouble a person’s eyesight early on. As a cataract grows, it can make a person’s vision cloudy. The Mayo Clinic says it is a bit like looking through a frosty or fogged-up window.
If you or a loved one starts to experience these symptoms, it’s a good idea to talk with an eye specialist. Doctors usually decide to delay surgery until the cataracts begin to substantially impair a person’s vision.
Doctors then use a laser to make minuscule cuts in the cornea of the eye. This gives them access to the area with the cataract. The laser softens up the cataract and makes it so suction can remove it. During the same surgery, the laser can help reshape the eyeball and correct astigmatism. The lasers mean there are no sutures, nor surgical pain, and a short recovery time.
Because the laser also corrects a person’s sight problems while removing the cataract, doctors tell cataract patients they no longer need glasses following the procedure. This means people who’ve worn glasses for decades often will no longer need them. Basically, it provides the cosmetic benefits of an eye procedure along with the necessary removal of cataracts.
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