Cataract FAQs

What is a Cataract? What is No-Stitch/Small Incision Surgery and its advantages?, What results can be expected after Surgery?

The formation of a cataract can make activities such as reading and driving difficult. The good news is that, good vision can be safely restored with outpatient cataract surgery.

What is a Cataract?

A cataract is the clouding of the lens of the eye. Normally, light passes through the clear lens and is focused onto the retina. However, as a result of the natural aging process, the lens gradually becomes cloudy. The cataract or cloudy lens blocks the passage of light through the eye and causes distorted or blurred vision.

What is No-Stitch/Small Incision Surgery?

No-Stitch/Small Incision Surgery not only speeds the healing and recovery process but also reduces the risk of possible complications. In traditional surgery, tying the sutures too tightly may create astigmatism or a distortion of vision. The patient may experience blurred vision until natural healing corrects the astigmatism or the sutures are removed. However, if tied too loosely, the incision may leak or rupture. A No-Stitch/Small Incision can be closed very securely without causing astigmatism. In addition, there is less chance of leakage and ruptured sutures.

What results can be expected after No-Stitch/Small Incision Surgery?

Most patients can expect a rapid return to good vision following No-Stitch/Small Incision Cataract Surgery. In most cases, patients are able to see very well the day after surgery without glasses. However, some patients will need to wear glasses for reading and other activities following the procedure. Quickly returning to an active lifestyle is one of the primary benefits of No-Stitch/Small Cataract Surgery. A cloudy posterior capsule may develop following cataract surgery. If this occurs, an outpatient laser procedure called Posterior Capsulotomy will quickly restore good vision.

Is No-Stitch/Small Incision Cataract Surgery for everyone?

Yes, this surgery has become the standard of care at Zimm Cataract and Laser Center. There is no need to use sutures in cataract surgery when the surgeon uses these latest methods and surgical tools. Patients are happier because they have a faster return of vision and their eyes feel more comfortable than if sutures were used.

There is no way to prevent the development of cataracts, however, loss of sight from the disease is largely preventable. When a loss of vision begins interfering with daily activities due to cataracts, cataracts can be removed and good vision restored by performing Cataract surgery.

If you are experiencing the symptoms of cataracts or other vision problems, call our Zimm Cataract & Laser Center at 814-453-4575 today for a complete eye examination.


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