A Fairly Common Surgery
Cataracts are fairly common in adults over the age of 40. Cataracts affect more than 22 million Americans 40 and older, and are the main cause of blindness throughout the world unless operated on by an eye surgeon.
An eye cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens. The lens is located behind the iris and pupil. An eye cataract typically starts out small and has little effect on your vision. You may notice some cataract symptoms such as slight blurring of your vision, like you are looking through a cloudy piece of glass. Your blurred vision may mean you have a cataract. An eye cataract may make the sun or a nearby light seem too bright. You may notice that the oncoming headlights cause more glare than before when you drive at night. Colors may appear washed out or less bright than they once did.
During a cataract eye surgery procedure, you will be lightly sedated and might sleep through the cataract eye surgery. We will numb your eye to keep it from moving during surgery. Ophthalmologist and eye surgeon Dr. Hester will go in and remove the cloudy lens and leave what looks like a cellophane pouch in place. That pouch will soon house an artificial intraocular lens. The procedure generally lasts less than 15 minutes.
Most patients don’t feel any pain during the cataract eye surgery procedure or afterward. You might feel some itching or mild discomfort and a slight degree of tearing is common. Eye surgeon and ophthalmologist Dr. Hester will teach you how to best care for your eye after the eye cataract procedure.
Learn more about eye cataract care you can trust from a compassionate eye surgeon. Call ophthalmologist and cataract specialist Ralph Hester, MD, Ophthalmology at 405.271.9500. For your convenience, use our online Request an Appointment form to reserve your consultation. Our cataract eye surgery patients come to us from El Reno, Mustang, Norman, OKC, Yukon, Oklahoma City, Bethany and Edmond.