Cataract Surgery: Chasing the Clouds Away

by | Jul 28, 2017

When trying to fit in the last of your summer plans, one can’t help but check the weather forecast multiple times throughout the week, hoping for sunny days ahead. We all do it! After all, no one wants clouds to “rain on their parade!” Sometimes, though, it might seem cloudy even when skies are blue, and when that’s the case, cataracts are a likely prediction.

Cloudy vision is a sign that cataracts are developing, and it’s important to monitor this closely. When this cloudiness starts to impair your vision, the only way to clear things up is by having cataract surgery.

Like storm clouds rolling in, cataract surgery might sound concerning, but rest assured this is one of the safest, most commonly performed procedures out there, and our surgeons are experienced and highly- skilled.

Because cataracts cause a clouding over of your eyes’ natural lenses, surgery entails removing your hazy lens and replacing it with a clear, artificial lens designed specifically for your eye and vision needs. It’s almost as fast as changing out your contacts!

Afterward, you can expect some itchiness and slight discomfort for a couple of days, but it’s important to resist the urge to rub your eyes during this time of healing. You may be prescribed medicated eye drops or need to wear protective patches following the procedure as well, however, in just a few days, your vision will begin clearing. Colors that had become faded will again appear bright. Night vision will improve, too.

Cataracts are common and often develop with age, but while you can’t always prevent them from developing, you can lower your risk. When you’re heading out to soak up the last of the summer sun, protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection – it’s that simple!

If you do experience blurry vision, come in to see us right away. We’ll help make sure there are clear skies ahead! To make an appointment with Sight Eye Clinic, P.C., just call our Zeeland, MI office at (616) 772-2020.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!