What is a Cataract?
A cataract is the clouding of your eye’s natural lens. Clouding usually happens slowly, so you might not notice it at first. But as time passes, your vision may grow fuzzy. Colors may not appear as vivid, small print may become difficult to see, and driving at night may become difficult due to glare.
If these symptoms sound familiar, you have come to the right place. At Minnesota Eye Institute, patients can schedule an appointment to see Dr. Carlson and have a cataract evaluation. During the evaluation Dr. Carlson will identify if you are a candidate for cataract surgery.
Cataract Surgery Treatment
The best way to treat cataracts is with surgery that removes the old, cloudy lens and replaces it with a new artificial one to restore your vision and quality of life. Read our Cataract FAQ for more information about cataracts.
An IStent is used to treat mild to moderate open angle glaucoma at the time of cataract surgery.
How Minnesota Eye Institute Can Help You
If you’re experiencing blurry or cloudy vision, stop in to see us. We’ll provide you with a quick and accurate diagnosis and treatment plan, if needed. If you have a cataract, we’ll provide you will all the information you need to make a decision for treatment and then get you treated as soon as you are ready. If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to call. (877) 536-2020 or (320) 759-2020 (local).
Dropless Cataract Surgery
Rather than using eye drops after cataract surgery an intraoperative injection is done during the cataract surgery. This method eases the cost and inconvenience for the patient.
Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery
With non-laser, or traditional cataract surgery, a metal or diamond blade is used by the eye surgeon. With the newer laser cataract surgery the metal or diamond blade is not used. Rather a 3-D image of the eye is created and a laser is used to make the incisions during the cataract surgery.
An intraocular lens that corrects presbyopia is called a multifocal IOL (intraocular lens). Multifocal IOLs are offered as an option by Minnesota Eye Institute to provide a greater range of vision to reduce the need for reading glasses.
Limbal Relaxing Incisions are procedures used to correct minor astigmatism. These incisions are made at opposite ends of the cornea causing a flattening effect. They are not in the field of vision so they don’t cause glare or other visual effects.
To determine if your cataract should be removed, Dr. Carlson will perform a thorough eye examination. Before surgery your eye will be measured to determine the proper power of the intraocular lens that will be placed in your eye. Ask Dr. Carlson if you should continue taking your usual medications before surgery. You will need to make arrangements to have someone drive you home after surgery.
The Day of Surgery
Surgery is done on an outpatient basis here at our ambulatory surgery center. You will be here approximately two hours, however, the actual procedure usually only takes 15-30 minutes. You may be asked to skip breakfast depending on the time of your surgery.
When you arrive for surgery you will be given eye drops and a mild sedative to help make you comfortable. A local anesthetic will numb your eye. The skin around your eye will be thoroughly cleansed and a sterile covering will be placed around your head. You may see light and movement during the surgery.
During the procedure, Dr. Carlson makes a tiny incision in the eye. Through this incision, he will insert an instrument, about the size of a pen tip. Utilizing ultrasound, the cloudy lens is broken up into pieces and then they are suctioned from the eye. Once the cataract is removed, the artificial replacement lens (IOL) is placed into position to replace the natural lens.
Typically, no stitches are required and eye patches are only worn when napping and at night. Patients return home the same day.
- Eye drops may be prescribed
- Be careful not to rub or press on your eye
- Rest the day of surgery, then resume normal activity
- Resume normal diet
In Case of Emergency
If you notice a decrease in vision, an increase in pain or redness, headache, nausea/vomiting, please call Minnesota Eye Institute at 320-759-2020. After business hours call or go to nearest hospital.
If you’re experiencing blurry or cloudy vision, stop in to see us. We’ll provide you with a quick and accurate diagnosis and treatment plan, if needed.
If you do have a cataract, we’ll provide you will all the information you need to make a decision for treatment and then get you treated as soon as you are ready.
If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to call. 1-877-536-2020.
For more information about cataracts and cataract surgery visit www.cataractsurgery.com