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Is Cataract Surgery Safe and Effective?

Although you can take steps to help prevent their development, cataracts are extremely common and develop naturally as people age. Many people learn to live with the condition by wearing glasses, using brighter lighting, and altering their lifestyles. But for many, the blurry vision that cataracts cause is just too much to bear. And why should people have to live with cataracts? Modern surgical procedures can restore a person’s vision in a matter of minutes. 

In this brief article, we discuss why cataract treatment in Tampa is a safe and effective (not to mention affordable) method for removing cataracts. If you’re living with increasingly unclear and discolored vision, know that cataract surgery is a viable alternative. 

How Safe Is the Procedure?

Cataract surgery is an extremely safe procedure, with over three million surgeries performed every year. In fact, over the course of a 12-year study following over 200,000 patients, it was revealed that less than one percent of patients experienced severe postoperative complications, making this one of the safest surgeries that can be performed. Patients in their 80s and early 90s can undergo surgery without fear of complications. But while this surgery is incredibly safe, patients with underlying medical conditions, such as glaucoma or age-related macular degeneration, are at a greater risk for complications, which is why it’s so important to see an eye specialist in Tampa regularly for check-ups.  

Related: How Can I Prevent Cataracts?

How Effective Is the Procedure?

As reported by the National Eye Institute, “9 out of 10 people who get [cataract surgery] can see better afterwards.” Surgery generally takes about 15 minutes. Cataract treatment in Tampa consists of removing the clouded lens and replacing it with an artificial lens. At the Florida Eye Center, our doctors employ a state-of-the-art process called phacoemulsification to safely remove clouded lenses through a small incision. New lenses like the ReSTOR® lens we offer can even improve vision at all distances. 

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After surgery, patients might experience sensitivity to light or an itching feeling, but this will pass in a couple of days. Full recovery takes about eight weeks, during which an eye specialist in Tampa monitors patient progress. Some patients develop a second cataract after surgery, which is known as posterior capsule opacification. This is merely a clouding on the outside of the artificial lens and can be resolved with a similarly safe and effective procedure. 

Consult an Eye Specialist to Help Determine if Surgery Is Right for You

The time to consider cataract surgery is entirely up to you. Cataract surgery is a safe and effective procedure that takes only minutes and can be performed in an outpatient setting. And if your concerns are over affordability, remember that the Florida Eye Center accepts VSP and EyeMed and we’d be happy to determine your individual benefits. Before cataracts severely impact your way of life, schedule an appointment for cataract treatment in Tampa with the Florida Eye Center.  

To schedule a consultation for cataract treatment in Tampa at the Florida Eye Center, please request an appointment today.

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