The human lens is truly a marvel of nature. Despite its small size of 10 millimeters by 4 millimeters, it accomplishes so much. We are born with crystal clear lenses inside our eyes. These lenses are not visible because they reside behind the iris (the colored part of the eye). They are made up of long cells that are arranged in a perfect curvilinear pattern, which permits light to pass through. Beyond the perfect alignment of cells, the lens is pliable, which allows it to flex and bend. This movement allows our eyes to autofocus (accommodation), so we can see things near and far. The normal human lens can function perfectly for decades despite daily use. Eventually, however, this marvel of nature starts to break down. The autofocus stops working, resulting in the need for reading glasses, and the perfectly aligned cells start to misalign and cause cloudiness. A cloudy lens that does not focus well is called a cataract.
Cataract surgery is a miraculous solution to a cloudy lens that does not focus. Cataracts are relatively common because the human lens has a limited life span. Everyone will eventually get cataracts if they live long enough. Fortunately, the lens is replaceable through cataract surgery. Through a microscopic incision, our ophthalmologist , Dr. Aaron Waite, can remove the human lens and replace it with a crystal-clear artificial lens. The new artificial lens sits in the exact position as the original lens, and it remains stable indefinitely. Because the incision is so small, no sutures are needed. Cataract surgery has been highly refined to the point where the entire procedure can be done safely in a short amount of time and with no pain.
Refractive Cataract Surgery
There have been huge strides in the technological advancements of the artificial lenses used in cataract surgery. Artificial lenses are crystal clear and last a lifetime. They are customizable to each patient, so you no longer need glasses after surgery. Refractive cataract surgery utilizes customized artificial lenses with the specific goal of being able to live life without glasses or contacts. Despite its complex simplicity, the human lens is difficult to replicate; however, the customized lenses can be designed to bend light to allow for both distant and near objects to be clear at the same time. This makes it possible to reverse the need for glasses, including reading glasses and bifocals. Cataract surgery can now add years of perfect vision to a person’s life. If you have been told you have cataracts, come in to Waite Vision for an evaluation, and let’s discuss how refractive cataract surgery in Lehi, Utah, can change your life. Contact us at 801-876-6000, or click the “Request a Consultation” button to set up your appointment.