Your Health: Cataract Surgery
GAINESVILLE, Fla -- As we age, eyesight becomes even more precious. But every day, millions of American suffer from cataracts.
"Traffic lights or oncoming headlights, there's a huge glow around it," said Sally Thompson from Gainesville. "Like a halo or a burst of a starburst of light around it."
A cataract can cloud the eye's lens, leaving simple activities out of focus.
"The only way to correct that, ultimately, is to remove the lens," said Dr. Gregory Snodgrass with North Florida Cataract Specialists and Vision Care. "And replace it with a clear intraocular lens."
When Thompson got to the point where should could not drive, she turned to Dr. Snodgrass and a state-of-the-art laser assisted surgery that made the process even easier.
"It's a five millimeter roughly a round incision that's center on the visual access and centered on the pupil of the visual eye," Dr. Snodgrass said.
During cataract surgery, the eye's cloudy natural lens is removed and replaced with an artificial implant.
"Then the cataract will not return," Dr. Snodgrass said.
"It's the easiest thing you could ever imagine," Thompson said. "I've had more pain with a paper cut."
For Thompson, it was just the answer to get her back to her daily life.
"I had the surgery in the morning," Thompson said. "I was out by noon. I went home and took an hour nap and I went back to work. I worked until 5:30 that day."
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