More than 24 million Americans over the age of 40 have cataracts. This progressive eye condition creates a cloudiness in your natural lens that makes things look foggy and blurry. Grochmal Eye Center in Baltimore, serving the Washington, DC, metro area, can improve your vision with cataract surgery. Dr. Jay C. Grochmal, MD, and his team use the most advanced and safest tools available. To schedule a cataract evaluation, call the office or request an appointment online today.
Cataracts refer to a clouding of your lens. It’s often associated with aging, but cataracts can develop at any age.
Your lens is primarily made up of water and protein, and the arrangement of protein in your lens keeps your lens clear for vision. Whether from aging or some other cause, the proteins in your lens may begin to clump together, creating a cloudy area. Over time, the clouding grows larger, affecting your vision.
Cataracts are a severe eye condition that makes your vision worse if left untreated.
Grochmal Eye Center can remove your clouded lens and replace it with a state-of-the-art intraocular lens (IOL) to improve your eyesight, performing what’s known as cataract surgery.
Dedicated to providing patients with the best care possible, Grochmal Eye Center uses the LenSx® laser to prepare the cataract before its removal by softening and centering the opening for your IOL placement. The LenSx laser can also correct any astigmatism (curvature in the lens).
Essentially, the LenSx makes your cataract surgery less risky and much safer.
Grochmal Eye Center determines if you’re an ideal candidate for cataract surgery during a comprehensive eye exam. Cataracts grow very slowly over time, and you may only need to undergo cataract surgery when the clouding in your eye begins to affect your daily activities.
Cataract surgery takes about 20 minutes to perform. Before your procedure, anesthetic drops are placed in your eye to help alleviate any discomfort caused by the procedure. Depending on your comfort level, intravenous sedation may also be used.
Once ready, your surgeon carefully removes your cataract lens with the LenSx laser and places your IOL. Grochmal Eye Center offers premium IOLs, which can correct many vision issues such as astigmatism and presbyopia, so you have the best possible vision following surgery.
You should be able to go home about an hour after your surgery. The team provides you with protective eyewear and eye drops to assist in the healing process. You should notice an improvement in your vision the day after your surgery, to heal from cataract surgery completely.
To schedule a cataract surgery consultation with an experienced and compassionate team, call Grochmal Eye Center by phone or online today.