The History of Cataract Surgery

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Foggy vision can cast a dark cloud over your day-to-day activities, from running errands to spending time with loved ones. Symptoms of cataracts include seeing halos around lights, blurred or clouded vision, light sensitivity, double vision, and seeing colors as faded or more yellow than they actually appear. You’ll be relieved to know, cataract surgery has come a long way over the years, and it is now one of the most successful surgeries performed in the United States.

Cataract surgery is one of the oldest surgical procedures in the book, and the first cataract extraction was documented in the 1700s. Since then, advancements have been made in surgical techniques and intraocular lens replacement procedures. During cataract surgery, the cloudy natural lens is broken up by sound waves and removed from the eye. The surgeon then inserts a new, permanent prescription lens in its place.

Our very own Dr. Mike McFarland developed a procedure called “No-Stitch” cataract surgery. “No Stitch” surgery allows the eye to naturally heal itself without the use of sutures and stitches. It’s performed on an outpatient basis, using only a small corneal incision to break up the clouded lens. The lens is then washed away and replaced with an intraocular lens. Recovery time is minimal, and patients can get back to their normal routines without a hospital stay.

Dr. Mike McFarland trained the team at McFarland Eye Care on “No Stitch” cataract surgery, so you can rest easy knowing that your eyes are in skilled and experienced hands. The medical professionals at McFarland Eye Care have been performing cataract surgeries for years, including traditional cataract surgery (both with and without astigmatism correction), laser cataract surgery, and laser cataract surgery with refractive lenses. Don’t let cataracts cloud your outlook on life. Contact us today, and see the future in a new light!

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