Cataract Surgery Specialist

Sponsel Eye Experts

Ophthalmology & General Optometry located in Downtown Area, San Antonio, TX

Cataract surgery is an effective way to restore vision that’s clouded by cataracts. At Sponsel Eye Experts, in San Antonio, Texas, the team offers comprehensive cataract surgery to improve your vision and promote the long-term health of your eyes. The professionals provide thorough eye evaluations to determine if you’re a candidate for cataract surgery and perform surgery in the office for your convenience. Call the office of Sponsel Eye Experts, today or book a consultation online

Cataract Surgery Q & A

What is cataract surgery?

Cataract surgery focuses on the removal of the natural lens of your eye when you have a cataract.

Cataracts describe the clouding of the natural lens of your eye due to the breakdown of proteins in the lens. This condition affects how the lens bends the light that enters your eye and causes your vision to become hazy and less colorful.

Your age is the most common risk factor for cataracts. People over 40 begin experiencing changes in their eyes, including the breakdown of proteins. When you reach 60, you might be at increased risk for clouding in your lenses.

Other risk factors for cataracts include a family history of the condition, diabetes, and smoking. If you spend a lot of time in the sun unprotected, you might also develop cataracts.

Why would I need cataract surgery?

Cataract surgery is an effective way to improve your vision when you have cataracts. You can schedule a diagnostic evaluation to find out if surgery is right for you if you experience symptoms like:

  • Double vision
  • Increased light sensitivity
  • Difficulty seeing at night
  • Trouble reading in low light

The team at Sponsel Eye Experts, can also use cataract surgery techniques to treat phacomorphic glaucoma, a condition where the lens of your eye becomes very thick and causes the pressure in your eye to increase. 

Without treatment, this condition can cause optic nerve damage and can lead to blindness.

What happens during cataract surgery?

During cataract surgery, the team at Sponsel Eye Experts, removes the cloudy lens of your eye and implants an artificial intraocular lens to improve your vision.

The lens removal process involves the use of an ultrasonic instrument to break up the cataract into tiny pieces. Your provider then uses a vacuum to extract the lens fragments before placing the artificial lens through a small incision in your eye.

Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure that requires only local anesthesia. You need someone to drive you home after your procedure and can expect to rest for a few days before you can resume your usual activities.

The team provides you with eye drops to use after surgery. You should also wear a protective eye shield when you sleep and sunglasses when you go outdoors. 

The team provides additional resources as well to ensure your eyes heal properly. They also send a report back to your primary care provider about the status of your cataracts.

Call the office of Sponsel Eye Experts, today to learn more about the benefits of cataract surgery or book a consultation online today.