You may have noticed that I have not been coming by to comment on all your hubs and it is because I was having trouble seeing and found out that I needed to have cataract surgery and get lens implants. I tried has long has I could but was just making my eyes tired and making my good eye worse. I have lost a few followers but thanks to all you who have kept following me and who have left comments on any of my hubs. I hope soon I will be able to get around to all your hubs to leave comments like I use to.
The lens in our eyes is called the crystalline lens it is naturally soft, flexible and crystal clear and it has excellent transparency and clarity when we are younger. As we get older in to our 50’s and 60’s, the normal crystal clear lens can become cloudy. When this happens, you may in the very beginning see some blurring of your vision and feel that you may need a change in your eyeglasses. As the crystalline lens does loses more of its transparency and its optical clarity, you may notice that it is not as easy to see well in dim light any more, such as when you are night driving. You may notice that colors look not has bright and may look faded to you.
The most common symptoms of a cataract are:
Cloudy or blurry vision.
Colors seem faded.
Glare. Headlights, lamps, or sunlight may appear too bright. A halo may appear around lights.
Poor night vision.
Double vision or multiple images in one eye.
Frequent prescription changes in your eyeglasses
Cataracts are a common eye problem as we get older, but cataracts can affect anyone even if you have had normal vision all of your life. It is important to note that cataracts can even be more common if you have had certain health problems such as diabetes or have taken certain medications such as steroids for asthma or some other conditions. If you are having vision changes or problems like these, it is important to schedule a eye examination and cataract discussion with your eye doctor.
About Cataract Surgery
Today’s cataract surgery is safe, and very commonly done daily. If you have been told that you have a cataract, there is little need to be worried about cataract surgery In the United States, more than 2 million people have this surgery every year. Thanks to great surgical technique and advanced in lens implants, cataract surgery is not only one of the most performed surgeries in the United States, but it is also one of the safest and most successful surgeries that you can have. The cataract surgeons will perform cataract surgery using a technique which requires no stitches, no injection and no patch in an outpatient or day surgery center. A few days before the cataract surgery you will start to put eye drops in that eye three or four times a day as ordered by your doctor.
The Cataract Surgery
The cataract surgery will begin with drops being placed in your eye to dilate your pupil. Your eye will then be treated with anesthetic drops or gel so that you will not feel anything during your eye surgery. Some patients have experience pressure, cold or mild burning sensations, but almost never has there been reported any great discomfort.
Next, your cataract surgeon will make a very small incision at the edge of your cornea. This incision will be just large enough to allow his microscopic instrument the size of a pen tip to go through it. This instrument is a very precise instrument that will help the eye surgeons to remove your cataract using sound waves to break it apart and be able to just wash it away and drawn through the same instrument .
After the cataract has been removed from your eye, the eye surgeon will now be able to replace it with a new crystal clear permanent lens implant through the same incision at the edge of the cornea. When your cataract and lens implant surgery is finished, the eye surgeon will have one of his staff members take you to a relaxing place where you will be able to rest before going home. After resting for a short time, a staff member will give you permission to have a family member bring you home.
The surgeon will arrange to see you the next day after your cataract and lens implant surgery so he or she can examine you in order to make sure that your eye is healing and seeing as has it should be. The doctors will also prescribe some eye drops for you to use to help keep your eye infection free and may ask you to wear a protective patch, only at night, to keep you from rubbing your eye during the night. Although each patient will heal a little bit faster or slower, most patients having cataract surgery are able to see well enough to return to their normal daily activities within a day after they have had cataract surgery.
About Lens Implants
Today there are many type of lens implant to correct your vision when having cataract surgery. The most common type of lens implant used in cataract surgery is called a Monofocal lens, this lens only correct distance vision. There are many other types of lens Implants, some will correct close reading vision only, and also some lens Implants will correct both distance vision and close reading vision .Getting some of these lens implants will be up to your doctor and health insurance ,
The Day of My Cataract Surgery
I had my cataract surgery on December 8th at Southcoast Eye Surgery; I had to be there at 7:00am so they could get me ready for my surgery. You cannot eat anything after midnight the day before your surgery or the day of your surgery. I had my brother drive me there so he could be there to take me home after my surgery. All the people there were very nice and made me feel very special. You do not need to undress you just put this Johnny over your close and get on the bed, they take your temp and blood pressure first and then they put an IV in your arm. I’m glad my brother was there so I could have someone to talk to while I waited. When it is your time to have your eye surgery they begin three rounds of three drops in your eye and then put this gel in your eye that will numb your eye. And now I was ready to have my eye surgery, they took me to the surgery and gave me a mild sedative to relax me, you are full awake when they do the surgery on your eye but you don’t feel anything. In about twenty five minutes my eye surgery was done and I was brought back to rest and recover. They gave me a coffee and I was able to go home in about thirty minutes or so. The first day or so you need to wear sunglasses when you go out in the sunlight just to protect your eye, I do wear them all the time when I am out in the sun. My eye is healing well and I see so much better now, and I have already been schedule for surgery on my other eye for January 12th. This was a very easy and painless surgery that I ever had, if you or someone you know needs this type of surgery pleased get it or tell them to read this hub. It is so awesome to be able to see again!!!
My second eye surgery in January went just has easy and painless as the first and in less time has well, in fifteen minutes my second eye surgery was done. Than i was taking to recovery where i had a coffee and they got me ready to leave and go home. I now see better than i did before and only have to wear reading glasses for very smal print. If you need this type of eye surgery please don't worry because it is so easy and painless to go through.
Thomas Silvia (author) from Massachusetts on April 23, 2013:
Hi DDE nice to see you, glad you found some of this information here about cataracts helpful and help you learn more about cataracts and cataract surgery. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !
Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 22, 2013:
Wow! You have accomplished a helpful and most informative hub on cataracts, a well researched hub and I have learned so much here on the subject.
Thomas Silvia (author) from Massachusetts on January 11, 2013:
Hi Mary nice to see you, it was pretty easy to write this hub having had the surgery . So glad to hear your surgery turned out awesome to. Thanks so much for your vote up and etc. ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !
Mary Hyatt from Florida on January 10, 2013:
I had this surgery about a year ago on both eyes, and you are SO right. It's simple and was a god send for me. I was having trouble seeing to drive at night because of the glare, and colors were not true. I have one eye that sees distance and the other sees up close.
You did a good job with this Hub explaining how this surgery is done. I voted this UP, etc.
Thomas Silvia (author) from Massachusetts on November 02, 2012:
Hi hana nice to see you, Sorry to hear your mom can not afford to get her cataract surgery. But what you could do is see if your state offers a free health can plan that could help pay for her surgery. But having cataracts will only diminish her eye sight and not her health. Good luck ! Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !
hana on November 01, 2012:
HHaHalHallHalloHallHello, how long can you hold on before surgery. My mom has cataract and she has been holding in for 4months now, his long more do you think she can hold on before we get the money for her surgery?
Thomas Silvia (author) from Massachusetts on October 17, 2012:
Hi frogyfish nice to see you, You need not worry if someday you will have to have this type of surgery on your eyes, because it is so simple and easy and you will see better than you did before. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !
frogyfish from Central United States of America on October 16, 2012:
Interesting and helpful to read your cataract surgical experience. I am glad it all has gone so well for you. There is a slight cataract in one of my eyes and your hub has helped erase some of my dread in that possibility of surgery on it. Do post about your second surgery too?
Thomas Silvia (author) from Massachusetts on October 04, 2012:
Hi crazybeanrider nice to see you, i am so happy that this information has helped you feel better about your mom having cataract surgery. And i hope it will help ease your mom's concerns has well so she can get her surgery and see better than she has before, and it is painless as well. Sending all best wishes to your mom and her surgery . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !
Boo McCourt from Washington MI on October 04, 2012:
I am sharing this hub with my mom who is going to have cateract surgery, she has been putting it off because she is afraid. Your hub explains in simple terms what happens and what to expect from someone who has been through it. Not a doctor telling you it's no big deal. Thank you for easing my mind just a little about so I don't have to worry so much about my mom. Thank you for sharing.
Thomas Silvia (author) from Massachusetts on October 03, 2012:
Hi Peggy, yes i can understand how your husband felt after his cataract surgery, it is not only amazing that you can see again but better that you did before. This type of surgery has come a long way in how they do it, it is now so easy and simple and painless to get this type of surgery today . Thanks so much for your vote up and share ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 02, 2012:
My husband had both of his cataracts removed last year and had the lens implants. He was AMAZED at the colors that he was once again enjoying. I wrote about it and other eye conditions in my Importance of Wearing Sunglasses hub. So happy to hear that you are pleased with your surgical results.
Years ago as a RN, I actually trained with the surgeons who were learning how to use the Phacoemulsifier which is that tip that vibrates and sucks out the lens. Prior to that a bigger incision was made in the cornea and it was a bigger type of surgery.
Up votes and sharing!
Thomas Silvia (author) from Massachusetts on September 09, 2012:
Hi Cindy nice to see you, yes you do need to have lens implants because if you don't you will not be able to see. Those cataracts are your lens in your eyes when they are taking away you'll need new lens in your eyes. But don't worry it is so fast and easy and painless you will be so happy you did it. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !
cindy on September 09, 2012:
do u have to have a lens transplant when u get catarac surgery . heard u didn t have to thanks
Thomas Silvia (author) from Massachusetts on September 03, 2012:
Hi Hareshpahuja nice to see you, nice to hear you thought this hub was nicely explained . So nice you found this information helpful and useful. Thanks so much for the voted up useful hub ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !
HARESH PAHUJA from MUMBAI INDIA on September 03, 2012:
Great Hub kashmir56, nicely explained, a must read Hub , voted up useful hub .
Thomas Silvia (author) from Massachusetts on August 06, 2012:
Hi prettynutjob30 nice to see you, so glad to hear that your father can see much better now. I to see much better than i did before to. It is amazing what they can do with this type of surgery. Thanks so much for the vote up,useful and share ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !
Mary from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet. on August 06, 2012:
Great hub voted up, useful and shared.My father had to have this surgery a few years ago he said after the surgery he saw clearer than he had in years.
Thomas Silvia (author) from Massachusetts on July 15, 2012:
Hi dwachira nice to see you, glad you found this information well explained . I do see much better than i ever did before,thanks for asking . Glad i could enlightening you on this subject . Thanks so much for the voted up, useful and shared ! Also thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !
Danson Wachira from Nairobi, Kenya on July 15, 2012:
A very well explained article about lens implant, i hope your eyes are better now kashmir56. Thanks for i have learnt new information today. Voted up, useful and shared.
Thomas Silvia (author) from Massachusetts on July 04, 2012:
Hi girishpuri nice to see you, glad to hear you enjoyed this information,and found it well explained . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !
Girish puri from NCR , INDIA on July 03, 2012:
Very well explained cataract surgery, thanks,
Thomas Silvia (author) from Massachusetts on June 30, 2012:
Hi RTalloni nice to see you, Yes it is amazing what they can do today and restore your eye sight better than it was. I am so happy to have my eye sight back . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !
RTalloni on June 29, 2012:
So glad your surgery went well! This will be helpful to people facing the possibility of the same treatment. The gift of sight is a wonderful thing and the technology available today to help improve it when it fails is amazing.
Thomas Silvia (author) from Massachusetts on June 10, 2012:
Hi M. nice to see you, glad to hear you found this hub well written and explained, i tried to keep it simple so anyone looking for this information would understand it better.I to am very happy that my surgery went well, when you almost lose your eyesight you come to appreciate it more now. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !
Life Under Construction from Neverland on June 10, 2012:
Very well written and explained with such clarity. I'm glad that your surgery went well, K.
Very informative piece
Thomas Silvia (author) from Massachusetts on June 10, 2012:
Hi Lenzy nice to see you,Glad you enjoyed reading this hub and found this information useful. I hope to it made you be less nervous about getting this surgery because it is so easy and painless. Good luck with raising the money for your surgery and good luck to you when you do have your surgery.Thanks for the vote up and share,also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !
Lenzy from Arlington, Texas on June 09, 2012:
This was a very well written hub on cataract surgery. I need to have it done so I found it particularly helpful. I just need to come up with the finances since I don't have health insurance. I voted up and shared on google. Lenzy
Pollyannalana from US on May 28, 2012:
Hmm, this is like Groundhog Day, lol.
Hi, MizBejabbers, that was really terrible, I don't think I could take that as well as you did and that was horrible for that man to do you and others that way. He shouldn't be allowed to practice in my opinion. If that is not malpractice I don't know what is.
Thomas Silvia (author) from Massachusetts on May 24, 2012:
Hi moonlake nice to see you,I hope you find something that will help you to see better than you can right now . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments and vote up !
moonlake from America on May 23, 2012:
Very interesting and explained by you so well. I wish I could have this done I know my eyesight
would be somewhat better. Voted Up.
Thomas Silvia (author) from Massachusetts on May 14, 2012:
Hi Pollyannalana nice to see you, yes it is so amazing how easy this type of surgery is today,and the results are more amazing because most of the time you see better that you did before.Thanks so much for your nice comments and to for stopping by !
Pollyannalana from US on May 14, 2012:
My mom had this surgery and I helped her through it so I am very familiar with it. It seems to be getting simpler all the time. Moms sight was better than 20/20 too up to her death, such a great thing. I am happy for you.
Thomas Silvia (author) from Massachusetts on May 14, 2012:
Hi Rosemay it is so good that you did not lose your sight in your teens,but seeing is better than not seeing even if your sight is not very good . Yes it is always good to be thankful for all your blessings daily ! Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !
Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on May 13, 2012:
It was expected that I would be totally blind by the time I reached my teens I even attended a school for the partially sighted. Although my sight may not be very good at least I can see. There is not a day goes by that I don't count my blessings.
Thomas Silvia (author) from Massachusetts on May 13, 2012:
Hi Rosemay nice to see you, yes it is so nice to be able to see again, it is so amazing and everything is so clear and bright.So sorry to hear about your eye problems and that nothing can be done for you,maybe in the next few years they may have a way the could help you. Thanks for your vote up and to for your nice comments,and to for stopping by !
Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on May 12, 2012:
I am so pleased to read that your surgery went well and you now have 20/20 vision. It must be such a relief to be able to read and write on here without the problems that you were having before.
I was actually born with cataracts and had to have 14 operations before I reached the age of 4. My lenses are to the sides and not where they should be and are of no use at all. because of this any surgery is risky and I've been told that surgery would only be done as a last resort. I also have had glaucoma for the past 15 years.
It is amazing just how far cataract surgery has come over the last 60 years. It is wonderful to know that your surgery turned out so painless and easily done. You must be feeling wonderful :)
Thank you for sharing this, I am so pleased for yoVoting up and away
Thomas Silvia (author) from Massachusetts on May 12, 2012:
Hi my friend stars nice to see you, thanks so much for your prayers and friendship. I do see better than 20/20 now and just need reading glasses for the small print and when i am on the computer.If your wife does need this type of surgery it is so easy that she will be like me and not be able to wait to have the other eye done. Thanks so much for your nice comments and to for stopping by !
stars439 from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. on May 11, 2012:
Dear Kashmir : We are new friends, but I promise you I will always follow you as a loyal friend, and I will add you to my prayers of friends, and family. God Bless You, and may our sweet, and precious Lord in Heaven heal your eyes well. My wifewill one day need the same surgery. Your hub will make that easier to face. God Bless You, and all You Cherish .
Thomas Silvia (author) from Massachusetts on May 10, 2012: