Cataract surgery, we've come a long way

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Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2014 5:41 pm | Updated: 6:01 pm, Thu Jan 23, 2014.

Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness world-wide, more than 20-million people in U.S, 40-years and older have a cataract in one or both eyes. And, if you live long enough, you will get a cataract.

We've come a long way, cataract surgery used to involve a hospital stay, stitches and a long recovery. Now, cataract surgery is a quick, painless procedure performed under local anesthesia. Your eyes natural lens is replaced with an artificial one that can have you seeing better than in years.

There are lenses for both near and distance, even hi-tech ones that can fix both, and render you glasses free. In the past those with astigmatism were unable to undergo successful cataract surgery, but now this can also be corrected during the procedure.

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1 comment:

  • TuckerdogAVL posted at 6:21 pm on Thu, Jan 23, 2014.

    TuckerdogAVL Posts: 0

    Hi, I wanted to call in, but I"m in Asheville, NC (A friend told me about this going on right now) and I couldn't get the live feed.
    I had standard cataract surgery in Feb/March 2013, all went well, both eyes (60). And in June I got a bad, grey big floater in the left ... now I have one in the right. I'm told they are normal, and I have to get used to them, but they are quite big. I have PVD now as well. Is there anything new out there for floaters that are annoying that don't carry the same risks as getting the floaters? (Which, by the way, I only learned they are more prevalent AFTER the surgery). I know about the vitreosecomy... but was just wondering if there's anything new (and everything I've read still says "more floaters" not less). Very annoying. And If I hear, "old age" one more time 'll scream because I have many friends in thei 60s and 70s that don't have them. :-)

     

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