Elderly woman driving after cataract surgery

If thinking about cataract surgery has you worried, rest assured that you are in good hands! Loden Vision Centers has excellent cataract surgeons and friendly staff.

We know that many cataract patients have questions before having cataract surgery. Don’t worry if you thought of questions after your cataract screening.

We’ll make sure to answer a key one: will your cataract surgeon put you under for cataract surgery?

What Are Cataracts?

This is helpful information for your loved ones, particularly those assisting you. One of the frustrating things about having cataracts is the loss of independence. Activities you completed on your own like reading or cleaning now require help.

A cataract develops when proteins begin to migrate to the center of the cornea in a clump. When a cataract first begins developing, most patients don’t even notice it! It may be several years before the cataract has ripened, or developed. When this happens, a fully developed cataract causes vision loss. Cataracts are a natural part of the aging process, resulting in cloudy vision.

Cataracts are one of the leading causes of blindness among senior citizens. The only way to treat a cataract is with cataract surgery.  

Symptoms Of Cataracts

Most symptoms of cataracts develop over time. Not every cataract will develop. If this occurs, the cataract can be treated with glasses.

For most patients with cataracts, they will need surgery. During cataract surgery, the cataract gets broken down, and the lens replaced.

Symptoms of cataracts include:

  • Blurring of vision
  • A dimming effect on your vision
  • Seeing colors as muted or washed out
  • Seeing glares and/or halos around bright lights
  • Difficulty reading or seeing print that was not a problem before

The Cataract Surgery Basics

You are in great hands! Cataract surgery is one of the most common procedures performed.

In the United States alone, cataract surgery is performed over 1.5 million times per year. Cataract surgery is not only safe, but it’s also effective.

Surgery to remove cataracts is usually not the first step when it comes to treatment. Most patients treat their symptoms initially with eyeglasses and sunglasses.

Will Your Cataract Surgeon Put You Under for Surgery?

You may be asking this if you are under the impression that cataract surgery is painful. You may also be concerned that cataract surgery requires anesthesia. The good news is that you can stop worrying!

Why is that?

The truth is that cataract surgery isn’t painful. Before the procedure, you will get local anesthetic eye drops. These drops prevent you from feeling any pain during cataract surgery!

You will be awake during the procedure, but your eyes will stay numb. At Loden Vision Centers, we offer Laser iCataract Surgery, invented by our own Dr. James Loden! iCataract Surgery is customizable for each patient’s vision needs.

Cataract surgery means getting your vision and independence back! This procedure doesn’t need to be scary because we’ll take good care of you.

Ready to schedule your cataract screening? Contact Loden Vision Centers in Nashville, TN today! You’ll never regret getting your vision back.