As you age various parts of your body begin to change and often not for the better as years of use takes it toll. The same is true for your eyes, which can become susceptible to several problems usually associated with aging. One such problem is cataracts, a condition where the normally clear lens of the eye begins to get cloudy, blurring vision and eventually blocking out the light. The lens allows light into the eye and focuses it on the retina at the back of the eye. Made of protein and water the clear lens can begin to cloud up as a result of aging. Our eye doctor at Vision Arts Eyecare Center will diagnose, monitor and coordinate treatment of a Spokane cataract to restore lost vision.
A Spokane cataract is diagnosed through a simple eye examination in our state-of-the-art offices. As a progressive disease that advances slowly most of the time it may take months or years until the cataract gets to the point where our eye doctor will recommend removing it. Basically, it is up to the patient to tell our doctor when the cataract is affecting their lifestyle enough to warrant its removal. Cataract removal has become a very common surgery that is performed as an outpatient procedure. An ophthalmologist removes the lens by a process called phacoemulsification, which uses ultrasound to break up the clouded lens into little pieces and that are then suctioned out. Once the old lens has been removed the surgeon replaces it with an artificial lens.
The whole procedure takes just a few minutes and is relatively painless. After surgery the patient keeps the eye covered and rests until they visit the doctor for a follow-up in a day or two. After the procedure the new lens affords the patient clear vision that usually allows them to get rid of their corrective lenses. While the surgery is performed by an ophthalmologist, our doctor will diagnose the problem and continue to monitor it until the Spokane cataract is ready for removal, then we will work with the surgeon to get you ready for the procedure and provide follow-up care after the surgery. If you think that you are developing a cataract please call our office for an appointment.