More than half of Americans develop cataracts in one or both eyes as they get older. The main way to treat this condition, which causes the eyes to become cloudy and limits vision, is to have cataract surgery at one of the clinics for Cataract Surgery Honolulu has to offer. Taking a number of factors into consideration can help make the decision to have the surgery a little easier.
Potential Vision Benefits
The main benefits to taking advantage of the services of one of the Cataract Surgery Honolulu clinics is that it will greatly improve your vision. Because cataract surgery involves removing the cloudy lens of the eye and replacing it with an artificial lens, many people find they need to use glasses or contacts less than they did in the past. People can typically ask to have a lens implanted that corrects for either nearsightedness or farsightedness. There are also lenses that can help correct astigmatism, which wasn’t the case in the past. People often only need reading glasses after the surgery instead of bifocals.
The surgery itself is very short, typically taking only about 15 minutes or so, as long as there aren’t any complications. However, because of the medication that is given to people before the operation, it’s best to plan to stay at the site for at least 90 minutes. After having this surgery in one of the Cataract Surgery in Honolulu locations, there will be some recovery time before everything is back to normal and the patient will be able to see the full results of the surgery.
This recovery will take at least a week and will mean no heavy lifting or strenuous activity, avoiding getting the eye wet, and limiting exposure to dust. Vision may be somewhat blurred and the eyes may be red for a few days or weeks after the procedure, and it’s important not to drive until the surgeon or eye doctor has cleared you. Special eye drops should be used multiple times per day for at least a few weeks, special eye shields should be worn during sleeping, and special sunglasses will need to be used when in bright light.
Contact the Hawaii Vision Clinic for more information.