Everyone knows that one of the best parts of retirement is working on your golf game. Something that is much less fun is your increased risk of developing cataracts.

Cataracts are something that forms in everyone at some point or another. Developing them is an unavoidable part of life, but you don’t need to let your score on the greens suffer because of it.

Cataract surgery is a safe and effective procedure that is also highly effective! Keep reading to learn more about it and why it could improve your golf game!

Cataract Surgery Basics

Cataracts grow inside the lens of the eye. That means that you can’t separate the cataract from the lens.

Instead, to solve the problems that cataracts create, surgeons remove the lens from the eye. It’s then replaced with an artificial lens called an “IOL”.

An “intraocular lens” comes in several different forms. They exist to mimic the function of the natural lens and to provide clear vision.

The most basic form of an IOL is a basic kind called a monofocal lens. This provides sight at a predetermined range.

This means you must use glasses to correct for either distance vision or close up vision. With premium IOLs, vision is instead corrected for all ranges of vision.

How they do this varies from type to type of premium IOL. Learn which kind of IOL is best suited for you during a cataract screening at Kovach Eye Institute.

To remove the cataract-afflicted lens, the surgeon creates an opening in the cornea. The opening is then left attached to the rest of the cornea with a small amount of tissue.

This allows it to be closed again when the surgery is over. After opening up the cataract, the surgeon uses a device that emits high-frequency sound vibrations.

The vibrations safely break down the lens inside of the eye. The pieces are then removed, and the IOL is securely placed in the membrane that houses the lens.

After putting the IOL in, the cornea gets shut, where it’s allowed to heal on its own. You will not need stitches, as the tissue will reattach on its own.

Recovering from Cataract Surgery

After closing the cornea, recovery will begin. It can take months to recover from eye surgery like cataract removal, but it will get easier as the weeks go by.

For example, during the first few days, you will need to be extremely careful with how you move. Even bending over at the waist or picking something moderately heavy up can put too much pressure on your eyes.

This can cause the flap in your cornea to tear open. If this happens, it can cause severe complications.

Over the course of the next few weeks, you will need to avoid exercise and bodies of water. This excludes showers but you should do your best to not get water into your eyes whenever possible.

After a time, you will be able to resume most of your normal routines. Your eye doctor will tell you when you can get back to your everyday activities, including golfing.

Better vision means a better lifestyle. It also may just mean a better golf game! After all, if you can see better, that should help you out on the golf course!

Ready to find out if you need cataract surgery? Schedule a cataract screening at Kovach Eye Institute in Elmhurst, IL! What do you have to lose besides your vision being taken over by cataracts?