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What is Cataract Surgery?

Cataract surgery in Worcester is the surgical removal of the natural lens in an eye when it is no longer functioning in an optimal manner.  The lens is replaced with a clear artificial lens termed an IOL (intraocular lens). The procedure is performed in  patients with cataracts that interfer with their normal activities, such as reading, driving, sports. This is one of the most common eye surgeries in the world. Cataract surgeries have been performed for decades, but thanks to recent technological innovations, the results are better than ever. After removing the defective natural lens, the ophthalmologist implants an artificial lens to restore clear vision.

woman during exam for cataract surgery in Worcester

When is Cataract
Surgery Performed?

Cataract surgery is a treatment for cataracts, a medical condition wherein the breakdown of proteins and fibers in the natural lens of the eye leads to a cloudy appearance and loss clarity when focuseing on the retina. When your lens becomes cloudy with protein clumps, your vision looks blurry and distorted, sort of like looking through foggy lenses or a dirty window. If you have mild cataracts, your ophthalmologist may offer glasses to restore and improve vision. But if you have advanced cataracts, you may need cataract surgery in Worcester to restore vision.

Your ophthalmologist may recommend cataract surgery in these situations:

  • The cataracts interfere with the treatment of other vision problems
  • You can’t see objects clearly while working or driving
  • You have trouble reading and watching television
  • You have trouble performing regular household activities, such as cooking
  • You have trouble seeing when the lights are bright

Benefits of Cataract Surgery

Improve your clarity of vision

Cataracts are dense clumps of proteins and fibers that appear in your natural lens, making your vision look foggy, blurry, and discolored. The onset of cataracts can be mildly inconvenient in the early stage or dangerous in severe cases, interfering with driving or normal walking, tripping on objects or curbs. During cataract surgery, the ophthalmologist surgically removes the damaged natural lens and replaces it with an artificial lens that restores optimal clarity to your vision.

Reduce the risks of falls and accidents

Moderate or severe cataracts can dramatically increase the risk of falls and accidents. When you have severe cataracts, you have a higher risk of stumbling and falling over, which may result in severe injuries or even death. But with optimal vision, you can improve your balance and avoid stumbling over obstacles you don’t notice because of the cataract. Cataract surgery in Worcester can also improve your depth perception and spatial awareness.

Improve your quality of life

Cataracts can prevent you from leading life to the fullest. You might not be able to read books, watch TV, go traveling, or attend many social events. This can lead to feelings of social isolation. But after cataract surgery, you can live your life to the fullest restored visual potential. As such, cataract surgery can dramatically improve your quality of life.

Diagnostic Tests
& Screening

Medical Surgical Eye Institute performs a thorough diagnosis, pre-screening, and evaluation to ensure you’re the right candidate for cataract surgery. The medical provider evaluates your eye structure and uses cutting-edge screening technologies to formulate a personalized cataract surgery plan. Our eye doctors develop a personalized eye surgery plan to help you lead a life free from cataracts and may be able to make you less dependent on glasses.

man during exam for cataract surgery in Worcester
post surgical exam after cataract surgery in Worcester

Your Cataract
Surgery Experience

Cataract surgery in Worcester is an extremely common procedure at the Medical Surgical Eye Institute. Your ophthalmologist will operate on one eye at a time.  Prior to your surgical day, your ophthalmologist will guide you to carefully select the ideal IOL for your vision problems, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. On the day of surgery, in a prep area, eye drops will be administered to your eye and you will be given medication to help you relax. You will then be taken to the operating room where the damaged lens is removed and replaced with an intraocular lens to address your vision problems.

Recovery After
Cataract Surgery

Your vision will be temporarily impaired after your cataract surgery. That’s why you should spend the day with family members or friends. Some patients notice instant improvements, whereas others notice improvement after a week or two. It takes 2-6 weeks for the complete recovery process.  You will be seen by your ophthalmologist at the Medical Surgical Eye Institute the day after surgery and approximately 2 weeks after sugery.  Additional appointments may be necessary depending on the doctors advise and the need for prescribing glasses.  Please follow your ophthalmologist’s aftercare guidelines to ensure your cataract surgery in Worcester achieves the optimal recovery and results.

post surgical exam after cataract surgery in Worcester

Schedule an Appointment

Medical Surgical Eye Institute is a state of the art eye care center specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of various vision problems, including cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, and more. Our ophthalmologists carefully examine your eyes, discuss your goals, and administer complex imaging tests to verify the true root cause of your condition, following which they formulate a personalized treatment plan. Please schedule an appointment to explore your cataract surgery options in Worcester, MA.

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