WHAT ARE CATARACTS?

The lens of the eye is located just behind the pupil and iris and is enclosed by a clear capsule. Constructed of proteins, the healthy lens is perfectly transparent. Chemical changes within the protein cause a loss of transparency resulting in clouding or yellowish discoloration of the lens, also known as a cataract. Because the lens is no longer clear, images transmitted to the retina are disrupted.

WHAT CAUSES CATARACT?

There are several different types of cataracts, but they are all caused by chemical changes in the proteins that make up the lens. The chemical change in the proteins that make up the lens. The chemical changes can be due to exposure to sunlight, cigarette smoke, some drugs, trauma, inherited traits, birth defects, and certain diseases. The natural aging process seems to bring about these changes. Cataracts are common in people over age 55 and it is estimated that cataracts affect 23% of people age 75 or over.



HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE CATARACTS?

Because the normally clear lens becomes clouded, it is difficult for light to pass through. Sometimes it is explained as trying to look through a "dirty window." Because the cataracts generally form slowly, they may cause little visual problem in the early stages. As they progress, you may notice changes such as difficulty seeing at night (especially around a bright light source), dull colors or frequent changes in your glasses. Severe cataracts may cause a complete loss of vision. Dr. Bodiford can detect these lens changes during a comprehensive eye examination.

 

WHAT IS THE TREATMENT FOR CATARACTS?

For a time, prescription glasses may help you see better. When vision can no longer be maintained or your prescription changes frequently, surgery may be the best option to restore acceptable vision. Modern technology allows the correction of cataract-hindered vision at earlier stages than in times past. With these advances, there is no need to allow cataracts to "ripen" or to wait until vision is almost totally obscured. A number of factors determine which option is best for you. Dr. Bodiford will work with you to develop a plan suited to your special needs.



WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING CATARACT SURGERY?

Your surgery will be performed in one of our state-of-the-art surgery centers that are part of our eye clinics in Ft. Smith, AR and Grove, OK. In our "pre-op" area, an RN will take a history and physical, an IV will be started. When you are in a surgical area, you will be given a mild sedative through the IV and your vital signs will be monitored. Dr. Bodiford uses no needle, no stitch surgical method to remove the clouded lens. A silicone lens is then placed that will take the place of the diseased lens. This is designed to allow the eye to focus clearly again. The surgery itself takes about 10 minutes then you will be taken to our "post-op" area where we will monitor your recovery.


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