Recover Your Vision With Cataract Surgery Salt Lake City
As a certified member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Dr. Rachel S. Benator is dedicated to recovering her patients’ vision through safe, simple, and affordable vision correction treatments, both surgical and non-surgical. Our team of experienced eye care professionals understands how wearisome being unable to see can be. It is for that reason that Dr. Benator provides patients with eye care services that are customized not just to their prescription, but to their eye’s shape, size, and condition. For many patients who suffer from extreme and constant blurriness, and other vision imparities that are sparked by light or darkness, we provide cataract surgery at our Salt Lake City practice to effectively remove cloudiness from their eye sight.
About Cataract Surgery
A cataract is a clouding of your eye’s natural ocular lens. Cataracts can blur your vision and increase glare that is reflected by light. Cataract surgery is a procedure that allows us to remove the clouded lens of your eye, and replace it with an artificial clear lens. This outpatient surgery is an extremely common, generally safe procedure. Before recommending cataract surgery to her Salt Lake City patients, Dr. Rachel Benator executes a thorough examination of their eyes, and performs several scans monitoring their vision. Dr. Benator usually recommends cataract surgery if a cataract makes it increasingly difficult for you to engage in normal activities.
In cataract surgery, the cloudy lens inside your eye is removed and replaced with an artificial lens (called an intraocular lens, or IOL) to restore clear vision.
The procedure typically is performed on an outpatient basis and does not require an overnight stay in a hospital or other care facility.
Most modern cataract procedures involve the use of a high-frequency ultrasound device that breaks up the cloudy lens into small pieces, which are then gently removed from the eye with suction.
This procedure, called phacoemulsification or “phaco,” can be performed with smaller incisions than previous surgical techniques for cataract removal, promoting faster healing and reducing the risk of cataract surgery complications, such as retinal detachment.
After all remnants of the cloudy lens have been removed from your eye, the cataract surgeon inserts a clear intraocular lens, most commonly positioning it securely behind the iris and pupil, in the same location your natural lens occupied.
The surgeon then completes the cataract removal and IOL implantation procedure by closing the incision in your eye (a stitch is not normally needed), and a protective shield is placed over the eye to keep it safe in the early stages of your cataract surgery recovery.
For the latest information about cataract surgery, ask Dr. Benator during your preoperative eye exam and cataract surgery consultation. Call us at 801-281-2020.
ReSTOR Intraocular Lens
The AcrySof® ReSTOR apodized diffractive intraocular lens is the most recent innovation in lens implant technology. The ReSTOR lens is similar to two lenses in one, improving both intermediate vision and farsightedness. This lens replacement procedure is also available for people who don’t have cataracts but wish to have surgery to correct their eyesight.
Toric Intraocular Lens
Most people with cataracts want not only to have clear vision after cataract surgery, but freedom from eyeglasses as well. One thing that can prevent that from happening is residual astigmatism after surgery. In the past, intraocular lenses (IOLs) used in cataract surgery could not correct astigmatism. Thankfully, special intraocular lenses, called toric IOLs, have been developed to correct astigmatism during cataract surgery. These specialty toric lenses can minimize the need for corrective lenses, like glasses, after surgery.
Does it take a Long Time to Recover from Having the Surgery?
The answer is no. After undergoing cataract surgery, you can expect your vision to begin improving within just a very short time. In most cases, your eye sight is blurry immediately following the procedure, but your vision adjusts tremendously during the recovery process. Typically, patients may feel some mild discomfort immediately after surgery, but this resolves quite quickly. You will be using prescription eye drops for several weeks after surgery.
Are You a Candidate?
Because putting off this type of refractive surgery doesn’t technically harm your eyes, Dr. Benator suggests you take time to evaluate your treatment options. You may be a candidate for cataract surgery if you:
- Experience difficulty driving at night
- Have problems reading or watching TV
- Have difficulty seeing in the dark
- Can’t see when bright lights are around you or shining at you
- Have vision that is clouded or blurred
Learn More about Your Options by Contacting Us
We encourage you to continue to explore our website to learn more about the various treatment options that we offer to our patients. Whether you want to improve your vision with LASIK, or you want your near vision restored, Dr. Benator and her team have the necessary tools to help you regain your eyesight. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our eye care experts.