Exploring Cataract Surgery Candidacy

January 29, 2022 — by Thomas Byrd, MD
Tags: Cataract Surgery

A woman tilts her head back as an eye doctor administers her eye dropsCataracts are cloudy developments created by accumulated water and protein on the lenses of our eyes. They may be the result of injury or the natural aging process, but they won’t go away on their own. Vision correction procedures, like cataract surgery, help remove cloudy developments to improve vision.

At Byrd & Wyandotte Eye Clinic, our skilled ophthalmologists provide patients with precision cataract surgery in Detroit, MI, and the surrounding areas, including Lincoln Park, MI, and Dearborn Heights, MI,. With traditional and laser options, our patients have the freedom to choose their preferred cataract surgical procedure.

But, before you can choose your desired procedure, our team will have to see if cataract surgery is right for you. Here, our ophthalmologists explore cataract surgery candidacy and possible reasons why this surgery may not be right for you.

What Is Cataract Surgery?

It’s important to understand what is involved in cataract surgery. First, our ophthalmologists numb your eyes using a topical solution applied directly to your eyes. Next, they use a small blade or laser to make a tiny incision in the eye. This incision allows our team to remove the cloudy lenses before replacing them with intraocular lenses.

While cataract surgery doesn’t necessarily improve your visual acuity, it does dramatically improve your visual clarity. However, there are some factors that our team needs to consider before proceeding with your cataract surgery.

Am I a Good Candidate?

In general, a good candidate for cataract surgery is a healthy adult over the age of 50 with one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Hazy or blurry vision that doesn’t go away
  • Double vision
  • Light sensitivity
  • Seeing halos or starbursts around light
  • Difficulty seeing at night
  • A noticeable decrease in color perception

Our team conducts a thorough eye exam to assess your candidacy for cataract surgery. Most patients are ideal candidates, but some disqualifying factors may preclude others from undergoing the procedure.

What Are Possible Disqualifying Factors?

Some factors may prohibit patients from getting cataract surgery entirely, while other factors may place patients at an increased risk of postoperative complications. Possible disqualifying factors might include:

  • An eye infection: Active infections, like conjunctivitis, must be treated before proceeding with cataract surgery.
  • Small pupils: Small or rigid pupils can make it more difficult to access, remove, and replace cloudy lenses.
  • Hypermature cataracts: Living with cataracts for several years can make them more difficult to remove.
  • Glaucoma: This condition can limit pupil dilation and diminish endothelial cell count, making cataract surgery more difficult.
  • Autoimmune disorders: Some autoimmune conditions, like HIV, increase the risk of infections after surgery.

Hypertension: High blood pressure makes healing more difficult, which can lead to infections and other complications.

Your vision is important, which is why our team carefully considers your eye health, overall health, and medical history before proceeding with cataract surgery.

Schedule Your Consultation Now

At Byrd & Wyandotte Eye Clinic, we can help restore your vision with life-changing cataract surgery. If you’re ready to verify your candidacy, then schedule your consultation now.

New and existing patients can contact us online or call our office at (734) 284-2444.

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