Did you know that more than 24.4 million Americans over 40 have cataracts? Fortunately, cataract surgery provides a relatively successful and generally safe treatment that can preserve your vision. At Littzi Eye Care in New Canaan and Greenwich, Connecticut, Jacqueline Littzi, MD, offers several treatments for cataracts, including laser-assisted cataract surgery as well as multifocal and toric intraocular lenses to correct astigmatism. To see if you’re a candidate for cataract surgery, request your consultation today by calling the office nearest you or by using the online booking tool.
A cataract is a common eye problem that causes your eye’s natural lens to become cloudy. Left untreated, cataracts can cause vision loss. In fact, cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in people over 40.
There are three different types of cataracts: subcapsular cataracts, nuclear cataracts, and cortical cataracts. The type of cataract you have depends on its location and the underlying cause.
Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure that involves Dr. Littzi carefully removing the clouded natural lens of your eye and replacing it with a clear artificial lens.
If you have a cataract and it’s interfering with your vision and your ability to perform routine tasks like going to work or driving, you could benefit from cataract surgery. You might also benefit from cataract surgery if a cataract interferes with Dr. Littzi’s ability to treat another eye-related health problem.
For example, cataracts make it difficult for Dr. Littzi to observe the back of your eye. If you’re at risk of macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy, Dr. Littzi will recommend cataract surgery to make exams and diagnosis easier and to lower your risk of complications.
Laser-assisted cataract surgery is a cutting-edge surgical method that uses femtosecond laser technology to increase precision and accuracy during portions of cataract surgery usually done with hand-held tools.
Laser-assisted cataract surgery is both quick and effective. It also reduces some of the risks associated with traditional cataract surgery while improving visual outcomes. After carefully removing your cataract, Dr. Littzi replaces your damaged lens with a multifocal intraocular lens or if you have astigmatism, a toric intraocular lens.
Cataract surgery is safe and well-tolerated. However, like any surgery, complications can occur. Possible side-effects include:
You’re much more likely to experience complications if you’re living with another eye disease like glaucoma or macular degeneration.
Following cataract surgery, you’ll need a friend or family member to drive you home.
In the days following your procedure, your vision will start to improve. However, you might also experience mild side-effects like itching or general discomfort. When this happens, try to avoid rubbing or putting pressure on your eye.
Depending on the severity of your cataract, Dr. Littzi might prescribe an eye patch or eye drops to prevent an infection.
Don’t let cataracts interfere with your ability to see clearly. Request a consultation for laser-assisted cataract surgery today by calling the office or using the online booking tool.