Eye Doctor

Cataract Procedure

If you experience one or more of these symptoms, you may have cataracts, a clouding of your eye's natural lens that affects many of us as we age. Cataracts are the leading cause of visual loss in adults 55 and over.

Fortunately, we live in a time when correcting cataracts is relatively simple and the results can be extraordinary. With today's advances, some patients enjoy the best vision of their lives.

The Procedure

Cataract surgery is one of the safest and most effective surgical procedures. The operation entails making a tiny incision in the eye and inserting an instrument about the size of a pen tip to break up and remove the cloudy lens. Once the cloudy lens is removed, a cataract replacement lens or "IOL" is inserted through the same tiny incision and set into its permanent position.

Most people are surprised to find out just how easy and pain-free cataract surgery is. It usually takes about 20 to 30 minutes or less and most patients are back to their normal activities the very next day. The following will help you prepare for your surgery:

Click on http://vision.abbottmedicaloptics.com/ to view the Abbott IOL Vision Simulator Application. This program is designed to assist you with an understanding of common eye conditions you may be experiencing, as well as an overview of the different type of IOLs available to address these conditions, and a vision simulator that helps illustrate the different performance benefits of each lens type.