Cataract Surgery in Las Vegas
Cataracts are a common, but treatable, cause of poor vision. In fact, they are one of the most common causes of impaired vision in this country. They can occur in anyone at any age but most often affect the elderly as they are often a natural part of the aging process. Studies have shown that more than half the people over the age of 65 have some degree of cataract formation.
Dr. Kenneth C. Westfield is considered by many to be a highly skilled eye doctor in Las Vegas for the treatment of cataracts. Our vision correction practice performs an extensive number of cataract surgeries each year. Westfield Eye Center is the forerunner in modern cataract removal and lens implantation in Southern Nevada.
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Las Vegas Vision Correction - Cataract Surgery
Inside the eye is a natural lens that helps to focus light on the back of the eye. As people age the lens can become less clear, even cloudy. This cloudiness in the lens is called a cataract. A cloudy lens blocks the light and casts a blurred image onto the retina. Cataracts may develop in different parts of the lens, and therefore, affect vision in different ways. The opacity may first appear as a small spot in one part of the lens. Eventually it will enlarge, occupying the entire lens and making it increasingly more difficult to see. Although cataracts usually affect both eyes, they seldom progress at the same rate.
Although modern cataract surgery improves the vision in about 95% of patients, not everyone with cataracts needs surgery. The general rule is when you no longer are able to perform your usual activities as well as you need to, then it is time for a Las Vegas vision correction procedure to remove the cataract.
All surgical techniques involve removing the lens in some form or fashion. Most cataract surgery in Las Vegas is done with phacoemulsification. Phacoemulsification uses ultrasonic waves to liquefy the lens, then suction out the fragments through a tiny incision. The lens is covered by an elastic capsule, which is not entirely removed during this procedure. The back layer of this capsule (posterior capsule) is left intact, which offers several advantages over removal of the entire capsule:
- Decreased incidence of some complications following surgery
- The posterior capsule serves as a stabilizing anchor for fixation when an intraocular lens is implanted.
Typically, you'll return to your ophthalmologist in Las Vegas for follow up the day after surgery, one week after surgery, and then again after a month. It is normal to experience itching and mild discomfort for a few days after surgery, but it is important not to rub the eye. Complete healing is often achieved within 8 weeks. If you have cataracts in both eyes, removal of the second cataract is usually scheduled for 1 to 2 months after the first.
After cataract surgery, your vision can become cloudy, much as it was when you had a cataract. Although this condition is sometimes called "after-cataract," the cause isn't a new cataract. The problem is a clouding of the posterior capsule which holds the lens in place. Luckily, the eye doctor can usually restore your vision with a laser treatment called a capsulotomy, using a type of laser called a YAG.
The YAG laser delivers tiny bursts of energy to create a small opening in the membrane of the eye. The treatment, which is performed at our outpatient surgery center, is quick and painless, and you can usually return to your normal activities within a few hours. There are no needles, no stitches and no risk of infection. You should find that your vision is fully restored soon after treatment.
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