Cataract Surgery Can Fully Restore Your Clear Vision
If you have blurred vision due to cataracts, Mario C. Mota, M.D., P.C., can improve your eyesight with cataract surgery. During the procedure at his Lincoln, NE, practice, he will remove your old lens. Then he will replace it with a clear, state-of-the-art intraocular lens (IOL). Afterwards, you can typically enjoy much sharper vision. Depending on the type of IOL you choose, you may no longer require glasses or contacts. Dr. Mota uses the latest technology and advanced techniques to reduce the impact and risks of cataract surgery. In fact, the procedure has one of the highest safety records in medicine. Additionally, Dr. Mota offers complete follow-up care, ensuring a quick and stress-free recovery.
What Are Cataracts and How Do They Affect Your Vision?
A cataract is a cluster of protein cells on the natural lens inside your eye. This lens bends light as it enters your eye, altering it so that it lands on the very center of your retina. Therefore, as cataracts develop, they can block light, significantly distorting your vision.
Although cataracts can have a profound impact on your life, they are one of the most easily treatable eye conditions.
Cataracts are most often associated with advanced age. Your risk for this condition increases dramatically after age 50. As your eyes age, the natural structure of the lens will start to break down. Protein cells can break away, clumping together and producing a slowly growing blockage. In addition to age, other factors that can contribute to cataracts include:
- Exposure to UV light
- Certain medications, such as corticosteroids
- Previous eye injury
The Symptoms of Cataracts
When cataracts first develop, you may not notice any symptoms at all. Nevertheless, as they grow larger or increase in number, you could experience changes to your vision. These changes can include:
- Difficulty seeing clearly at night
- Faded colors
- Double vision, usually in one eye only
What Does Cataract Surgery Involve?
Although cataracts can have a profound impact on your life, they are one of the most easily treatable eye conditions. Dr. Mota can perform a quick surgery that can fully restore and improve your vision. Furthermore, he uses the latest technology, making this a minimally invasive procedure. After numbing your eye with special eye drops, he can create two tiny incisions between your iris and the white of your eye. Then he can perform a technique called phacoemulsification, during which he will break apart the clouded lens with an ultrasound device. In this way, he can easily suction out the lens without impact to the nearby parts of your eye. Phacoemulsification can help shorten your recovery and reduce your risk for excess tearing after surgery.
After removing the old lens, Dr. Mota can replace it with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). He offers several types of IOLs. Together, you will choose the variety that matches your surgical goals and budget. Options include:
- Monofocal lenses: The most common type of IOL, monofocal lenses correct vision at only one distance. Most patients choose lenses that are adjusted for distance and continue to wear reading glasses for close-up vision.
- Multifocal lenses: These premium lenses have concentric “zones” designed to correct vision at varying depths.
- Accommodating lenses: Another type of premium lens, accommodating IOLs are the closest to your natural lenses. They, too, are flexible and can adjust to different distances.
Most of the time, your eye will heal naturally once your IOL is in place. In rare cases, Dr. Mota will need to place tiny stitches to close up the incisions.
What to Expect after Cataract Surgery
Because of the incredible safety and minimally invasive nature of cataract surgery, recovery is generally very quick. You may have some blurring and haziness immediately following treatment, but most patients notice a significant improvement in their vision the next day. Typically, you will be able to go back to work or your regular routine after 24 hours. Of course, you should still take good care of your eyes and follow Dr. Mota’s personalized instructions. You should avoid strenuous exercise for a few days. You should also wear a protective shield (similar to a contact lens) over your eye and wear sunglasses whenever you go outside.
Dr. Mota will monitor your recovery over the course of several follow-up visits. To stimulate healing and prevent complications, he can provide antibiotic and steroid eye drops over a three-week period. Many doctors now place injections directly into the eye. However, Dr. Mota is waiting on research study results before starting this procedure.
See More Clearly than Ever Before
Thanks to modern medicine, there is no reason to suffer from cataracts. Contact our office online or call 402-486-3132 to schedule your appointment or to learn more about our efficient and safe surgery.
"Dr. Mota is very personable and took the time to describe the procedure, how it worked, and what was causing my issues in the first place. Dr. Mota made sure that my husband and I understood what we would be getting, and was extremely friendly from the beginning."From healthgrades.com