How to Adjust Post Cataract Surgery

Let’s talk about one of the most common eyesight conditions, affecting millions of people around the world – cataract. A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens of your eye. For people who have cataracts, seeing through cloudy lenses is a bit like looking through a frosty or fogged-up window. As we get older, a cataract can be formed, which results in a painless eye condition which mainly affects the light distribution that meets the retina – the part of the eye which is capable of absorbing light and translating it into electrical signals transmitted to the brain. These signals are then interpreted as visual stimuli in the visual cortex of the brain. As symptoms get worse, a degeneration of the neural pathway coming from the impaired eye may occur.

A cataract mostly affects individuals from the age of 65. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that nearly 18 million people around the world are bilaterally blind from cataract, with 13 million of them being above the age of 50. It remains the leading cause of blindness and a prominent cause of visual depravation across the globe. When left untreated, cataract may lead to an escalated condition which may require surgery. Luckily enough, in almost all cases, cataracts can be treated extremely effectively with surgery.

If you’re considering going through a cataract operation, or just have gone through one recently, it is time to layout the process and consequences of the procedure, as well as potential treatments to common side effects caused by such surgery.

A typical cataract surgery often takes less than 30 minutes. During the surgery, the clouded lens is removed, and a clear artificial lens is implanted. The surgery is performed under local anesthesia with some sedation. Just like other laser glasses removal procedures, there should be little to no pain, although you may feel a little pressure on the eye. Recovery is usually quite fast as well.

How long does it take for vision to stabilize after cataract surgery? You can expect your vision to begin improving within a few days. Complete stabilization of your vision can be achieved within few weeks up to three months, as improvement is gradual. It’s also not unlikely for you to experience blurred vision after cataract operation, as your eye heals and adjusts. Colors may seem brighter after your surgery because you are looking through a new, clear lens.

If you’re experiencing serious difficulty adjusting after cataract surgery, you may need to consult with your doctor and practice strict follow up routine post-surgery. In addition, innovative, non-invasive solutions propose a revolutionary method to cope with cataract surgery induced blurred vision in order to shorten the adaptation period. These solutions focus on training your visual system from the neural perspective, rather than the physical hardware perspective, using a computer program which trains the impaired neural pathway in the visual cortex of the brain.

To sum up, a cataract is a visual condition of high prevalence which is easily treatable with surgery. After surgery, it is possible to develop some difficulty adjusting, but this can now be easily treated.

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