The main risk that we worry about with cataract surgery is the risk of infection. However, we know from the literature now that we've reached a point where the risk is about 1:10,000.
Maintaining a healthy diet is the best way to ensure optimum eye health. When we’re small, our parents tell us that carrots are good for our eyesight, and this is true - but good nutrition for eye health goes much further. Foods including tomatoes, peppers and strawberries also contain caretinoids, while leafy greens such as spinach and kale, which are rich in antioxidants, all help to boost eye health. Fish such as mackerel, salmon, sardines and tuna contain omega-3 fatty acids, which help to protect against dry eyes and other eye conditions. Find out more about how diet can make all the difference to good eye health.
If you have a cataract, it has a significant impact on your quality of life. Suffering a vision disturbance can affect your confidence, and your world shrinks as you start avoiding the things you want or need to do. You might avoid driving, for example, or pursuing hobbies such as reading or painting because you feel you can't see so well. However, we can perform customised surgery that will soon allow you to live life to the full once again.
For those who are unaware of the link between cataract issues and poor sleep quality then our research should wake everyone up to the facts. The formation of cataracts disturbs the body's circadian rhythm, which governs our natural sleeping and waking cycle, and many sufferers find that as the quality of their vision declines, so too does their sleep. With corrective surgery, you will not only see better, but you will also sleep easier.
This post describes James Ball's experience in cataract surgery, which is a relationship that has lasted over 20 years. Today he is teaching other surgeons.
Once a cataract is removed in cataract surgery, a secondary cataract cannot grow back. Sometimes our body has a reaction to the healing process that is similar to a cataract but this is very rare.
What questions should you be asking a cataract surgeon before surgery? I think really the key thing is to be happy that you've provided your cataract surgeon with all the information you feel is important about your life and your lifestyle.
When can you exercise after cataract surgery? Well, it's a major operation for your eye. However, gentle exercise after the surgery is possible after a few days, but you should avoid heavy weight lifting and extreme workouts.
How does the cataract procedure work? Well, the cataracts is a lens suspended inside your eye, we have to get access to that lens and we do that through a tiny incision at the edge of the cornea.