At Suson Eye Specialists of Milwaukee, we understand the significant impact that cataracts can have on your vision and your life. The primary cause of vision loss worldwide, cataracts can not only rob an individual of the ability to see, but can also rob one of precious memories and experiences. Our family of eye surgeons utilizes advanced technology to restore your vision to its full potential. Our caring and professional ophthalmologists will not only treat your cataracts with this technology, but with the delicate precision that the residents of Milwaukee have come to expect from the Suson family.
What is a cataract?
A healthy eye has a clear and unblemished lens. A cataract occurs when the lens becomes clouded. Cataracts are brought on naturally with age, typically occurring sometime after your late 50s. Factors that can bring about a cataract include:
- Hereditary problems
- Steroid medication
- Chronic sun exposure
- Previous eye surgery
To understand the devastating effect of cataracts, picture a dirty or frosted glass window. Obviously, it is harder to see through a clouded window than it is through a clean and clear window. A significant cataract not only diminishes ones ability to see, but can cause an individual to experience problems with glare from sun or bright lights.
There is a solution for individuals who are plagued with cataracts. At our vision center, we are able to closely examine your eyes for the extent of your cataract problem, check the overall health of your entire eye and determine if cataract surgery can restore your vision.
What is cataract surgery? Do I need it?
After an examination with one of our ophthalmologists, we will be able to determine the severity of your cataracts, in addition to determining the overall health of your eyes. We will suggest cataract surgery if:
• You have developed severe cataracts
• Your cataract condition is impairing your vision
• Cataracts are preventing you from completing everyday tasks
• A cataract condition is inhibiting your daily functions
There is no need to panic if it is determined that you will require cataract surgery. Cataract surgery has come a very long way over the past few decades. Gone are the days of grossly large incisions and lengthy, painful healing times. At Suson Eye Specialists of Milwaukee, we utilize modern technology to optimize our cataract surgery technique. Our small incision, no-stitch cataract surgery is not only far less painful than the old method, but the healing times are much faster and it is performed in an outpatient setting. This procedure is performed using only topical anesthesia, which allows for a faster and gentler postoperative recovery.
Curious about what exactly cataract surgery entails? We utilize phacoemulsification – which is just a scientific term for a very powerful and advanced surgical technology. A phacoemulsification unit uses ultrasound energy to gently break up and remove the cataract from the eye. Modern engineering has allowed us to miniaturize these technologies so that our ultrasound instrument is only the size of a needle. After the cataract has been diminished, we will place a tiny lens implant in your eye so that you can focus light normally. You will never need to worry about this mini lens again – it’s permanent, reliable and will restore your vision to its original brilliance and clarity. You can rest assured that your cataract surgery will ultimately only require small, self-sealing, and rapidly-healing incisions in a relaxed and comforting outpatient setting.
If you would like to learn more about these tiny lens implants, read our report on the intraocular lens.