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What are the symptoms of a cataract?
- Clouded or blurry vision
Increased difficulty with vision at night (especially while driving)
Halos around lights
The need for frequent changes in your prescription
Fading or yellowing of colours
The need for brighter light while reading and doing other activities
Who is at risk of cataracts?
The risk of developing cataracts increases as you get older. Other risk factors include:
Certain diaseases such as diabetes
Environmental factors (prolonged exposure to UV rays)
Is cataract surgery effective?
Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed procedure in the world. It is also one of the safest and most effective surgeries. In about 90% of cases, patients who have cataract surgery have better, clearer vision after surgery.
What if my medical history or current medication prevents me from considering cataract surgery?
Each patient will have to complete an anesthesia questionnaire prior to surgery to ensure they are good candidates. If there are any red flags on the questionnaire an anesthesia consult will be scheducled prior to surgery.
What are the risks of cataract surgery?
As with any surgery, cataract surgery poses risks, such as infection, a sudden increase in intraocular pressure or a retinal detachment, these risks are minimal however must be known. After surgery, you must follow all post operative instrictions including but not limited to, washing your hands before caring for your eye and using your prescription post operative eye drops. Please ensure that if any of the emergency scenarios on the post operative sheet arise you call the emergency contact number provided immediately.
What happens before surgery?
Before your surgery you will meet with one of our surgical educators. During this appointment you will review the cataract surgery process, the options for surgery that best fit your personal lifestyle and desired outcomes. At this appointment all pre-operative and post-operative instructions will be reviewed and any questions you may have will be answered.
How soon after surgery will I be able to see?
The answer is different for every patient, some will be able to see immediately following surgery, although the majority of patients vision becomes clearer a few days after surgery.
Who would benefit from Vitreolysis, laser floater removal?
How does Vitreolysis work?
Laser floater removal involves the application of nanosecond pulses of low-energy laser light to evaporate the vitreous opacities and to sever the vitreous strands. During this process, the laser energy evaporates the collagen and hyaluronin molecules to form a gas. The end result is that the floater is removed and/or reduced to a size that no longer impedes vision.
What happens during the procedure?
What are the complications & side effects?
Laser Vitreolysis is a very safe procedure. Reported side effects and complications associated with laser floater removal are rare. Side effects may include cataract and intraocular pressure (IOP) spike.
What if Vitreolysis doesnt work for me?
Clinical studies have shown vitreolysis to be a safe, effective treatment in the majority of patients. If floaters persist, however, your ophthalmologist may recommend surgery.