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 Camp Springs eye surgeon at Malouf Eye Center will diagnose, monitor and treat cataracts to restore lost vision.
A 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 Camp Springs eye surgeon will remove 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. The surgery is begun with the doctor making a very small 24mm incision, which can be done manually but our practice prefers to use a laser to help reduce the size of the incision and allows for the use of a self-sealing closure. We are the only eye surgeons in our region to offer Laser-assisted cataract surgery using the LenSx® laser system. We also utilize the Centurion® vision system to perform the cataract surgery, which is one of the newest systems on the market.
Our Camp Springs eye surgeon then 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 our doctor 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. If you think that you are developing a cataract please call our office for an appointment.