The term “cataracts” refers to a natural process that occurs as people age in which the natural lenses in their eyes, which sit directly behind their pupils, begin to become clouded. Since they develop slowly, most people don’t start experiencing symptoms of cataracts until they are at least 50 and by the time they are 90, just about everyone will have at least a mild cataract. Thankfully, Cataract Surgery in Oahu provides a simple and effective solution.
Not everyone is entirely comfortable with the idea of ocular surgery, though. Those who still have some hesitations about going under the proverbial knife can read on to find answers to some frequently asked questions that may help to assuage their fears.
How Common is Cataract Surgery?
It should come as no surprise given that cataracts affect just about everyone who lives long enough to experience ocular degeneration that cataract surgeries are the most commonly performed surgical procedure in the United States. Some individual surgeons have performed thousands of them.
Are the Effects Permanent?
Since Cataract Surgery in Oahu involves the placement of an artificial lens, the effects of the surgery tend to be quite permanent. In a small minority of cases, a condition called “secondary cataract” may develop a few months, years, or decades down the line. This complication can be fixed with a simple, 15-minute laser procedure.
Are There Any Risks?
All surgeries come with at least a small amount of risk, but complications following cataract surgery are quite uncommon. Some of the most serious risks include infection, dislocation of the artificial lens, and the development of secondary cataract. It is important for patients to keep in mind that if they have other conditions such as glaucoma or macular degeneration, the cataract surgery alone will not solve these problems and in some cases, surgeons may be unlikely to recommend the procedure.
Learn More Today
Have other questions that need to be answered? The best thing to do is to schedule a consultation with a surgeon who can determine whether or not patients will be good candidates for surgery and answer any lingering questions they may have before scheduling their procedures. Check out Hawaii Vision Clinic online to get the process started today.