Blurred or dimmed vision, muted colors, sensitivity to light, haloing of headlamps and lampposts at night – all of these are symptoms of cataracts, a condition that causes a clouding of the naturally-clear lens of the eye. Cataracts can be congenital, meaning they can occur at any age, but most form as a natural part of the aging process, beginning as early as one’s 40s and becoming very common in one’s 60s. By age 80, more than half of the population will have developed at least one cataract.
Cataracts tend to develop slowly, like a gradual fogging of a window. For years, most people can achieve sufficient relief from an increase in the correction of their glasses prescription, but once cataracts become severe, they must be treated or they can lead to blindness.
Luckily, cataract treatment is both common and very successful. In fact, it is the most common surgery in the U.S., performed on more than 3 million Americans every year with an unusually high satisfaction rate. 9 out of 10 people who undergo cataract surgery are able to have their vision restored via an intraocular lens implant, or IOL, to anywhere between 20/20 and 20/40, and afterward need only reading glasses or no glasses at all. “Often patients get surgery to remove a cataract and are surprised they can also get an IOL to correct their astigmatism, presbyopia, near-sightedness or farsightedness at the same time,” says Board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Vinay Gutti, who, among other qualifications, is Fellowship-trained in refractive surgery, which is designed to decrease or eliminate the need for corrective lenses. “Today’s cataract surgeries are as much about the state-of-the-art lens replacement options as the cataract removal itself.”
With thousands of surgical procedures under his belt, Dr. Gutti is naturally drawn to proven advances in technology, especially when it comes to common disorders like cataracts. “I’m thrilled by the progress in care created by leading-edge technologies and procedures, like the Femto laser cataract surgery, which is the most advanced cataract removal system in the world, and the ORA system for unsurpassed precision in IOL selection and positioning for the ultimate in vision quality and patient satisfaction. We have been local pioneers in these and many other groundbreaking technologies.”
Lake Eye also prides itself on its selection of next-generation IOLs, including multifocal lenses that improve vision range in varying lighting conditions; Toric® lenses to correct astigmatism; and Symfony® lenses, the first FDA-approved extended depth-of-field lens for vision correction at all distances. “We carefully assess each patient’s case and talk to them about their goals so we can pick the right IOL to meet their needs, address their particular conditions and work with how they live. We want each and every patient to feel like they got the best possible experience and outcome.”
Cataract surgery typically takes under 10 minutes and recovery is usually rapid, seeing most patients returning to normal activities the day after surgery. Renewed clarity is often experienced immediately, with ultimate improvement occurring within the next few days to a couple of weeks. Most patients report little to no discomfort and a remarkable improvement in vision clarity, acuity and range. “Cataract surgery is one of the quickest, safest and most comfortable surgeries of any kind,” says Dr. Gutti, “and the outcome can make an enormous difference in how well people can see and function. It gives me tremendous personal satisfaction to be able to offer the finest and most advanced cataract surgery options to our patients.”
Don’t waste another day letting cataracts diminish all that life has to offer. See the world in a whole new light with a visit to the Lake Eye Associates near you.