Arthur W. Giebel, MD is an Ophthalmologist specializing in cataract surgery who has been in the field for over 20 years. A trusted and skilled surgeon, Dr. Giebel has performed thousands of cataract surgeries, and will work closely with your other doctors to ensure that all your questions are answered and that you receive the highest quality care.
WHAT IS A CATARACT?
Each of our eyes has a built in lens that helps to focus our vision. Normally it is clear and soft, but as we age it can begin to cloud and become dense. This causes blurred vision because light is being blocked and scattered across the retina. This cloudy lens is called a cataract.
WHAT CAUSES CATARACT?
Research shows that if we lived long enough, we would all develop cataracts eventually. In general, anything that causes aging causes increased risk for cataracts. It is crucial that you practice good daily habits and make healthy choices.
Eat a balanced plant-based diet and avoid refined, fatty and sugary foods. Get regular exercise, fresh air, and drink plenty of water. Always avoid smoking and consumption of alcohol.
- Clouded, blurred or dim vision
- Increasing difficulty with vision at night
- Sensitivity to light and glare
- Need for brighter light for reading and other activities
- Seeing “halos” around lights
- Frequent changes in eyeglass or contact lens prescription
- Fading or yellowing of colors
- Double vision in a single eye
TREATING CATARACTS WITH CATARACT SURGERY
Cataract surgery is considered one of the safest surgical procedures in the world of medicine. Technology advancements have enabled doctors to perform surgery without sutures and with a recovery time that can be less than 24 hours.
During the procedure patients remain awake, with the option of a sedative to help with relaxation. The eye is numbed, and patients do not feel anything beyond the doctor’s hand occasionally on the forehead. A minor incision is made along the edge of the cornea. This incision is microscopic and will heal on its own. Next the doctor will remove the clouded lens and all remaining build up. The intraocular lens is folded and inserted through the incision, where it lays in place of the old clouded lens. And that is the procedure!
Afterward the eye will be taped shut until the anesthesia wears off, and an eye cover will be provided for extra safety. After a couple of hours, many patients begin to see vision improvement. And within 24-48 hours are back to doing their normal activities – apart from driving.
Although cataract surgery is very routine, each individual case may vary.
DO YOU HAVE CATARACTS?
Talk with your Optometrist today if you are experiencing symptoms of cataracts. Your eye doctor will help you determine if an appointment with our office is right for you. Feel free to contact our staff with any questions!