Cataract Surgery | Ophthalmologist | Philadelphia

When you need cataract surgery in Philadelphia, the choice of doctor should be a simple one. Allen C. Richmond, MD is the area’s trusted professional for cataract surgery. You need to make sure you choose a medical professional who you can trust. As our patient, you will be our top priority.

Cataracts cause clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye. Possible symptoms of cataracts can include:

  • Painless blurring of vision
  • Double vision
  • Glare, light sensitivity
  • Poor or impaired night vision
  • Requiring more light for reading
  • Fading colors, or things appearing more yellow

Cataract Vision

Cataracts are mostly developed as a part of aging, and most people with cataracts are over the age of 55. Other potentially causes include smoking, family heath history, eye injuries and other medications. Cataracts develop differently depending on the individual and the circumstance. Most age-related cases develop over the years, while in most cases with younger people, cataracts can progress over a shorter period of time.

If you need cataract surgery, Philadelphia doctor Allen C. Richmond, MD can perform the procedure with the expertise you need. If you are seriously affected by cataracts, surgery may be recommended, but if you come in for a consultation, we will assess your situation and determine if surgery is necessary.

Cataract Surgery should be considered when cataracts cause enough loss of vision to interfere with your daily activities.

Modern cataract surgery is done in an outpatient surgical center. Actual operating time is about 15 minutes. Most of our cases are performed under “topical anesthesia” – this means that we do not use any injections or general anesthesia. There is no discomfort during the procedure. Patients usually go home and resume normal activity the next day.

In a procedure, called Phacoemulsification, we use an ultrasound device that enables us to remove the cataract through a very small incision. We replace the cloudy lens with a man made intraocular lens (called an implant). To restore good vision, the new lens functions like the natural lens of your eye to again focus light rays onto the retina.

Benefits Of Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery’s benefits are many, greatly enhancing the quality of life. They include the following:

  • Improved quality of vision (sharper images, brighter colors)
  • Less difficulty with routine tasks (particularly night driving)
  • Decreased dependency on eyeglasses
  • Greater independence, regardless of age or disability
  • Greater safety

Research indicates that the improved vision provided by cataract surgery reduces the risk of falls, making exercise, sports and hobbies safer. This, combined with the improved ability to read, recognize faces, and perform everyday activities with greater ease, results in improved physical health, increased sociability and longer life expectancy.

Risks Of Cataract Surgery

Although cataract surgery is a common procedure and considered quite safe, any surgery poses risks. In the case of cataract surgery, there is a slightly increased risk of retinal detachment, a painless but dangerous condition. Other risks of cataract surgery include bleeding and infection.

The risk of complications after cataract surgery is greater if the patient has another eye disease or serious medical condition. Danger signs of complications after cataract surgery include increased pain in or redness of the eye, light flashes or floaters, diminished vision, vomiting or intense coughing.

Recovery From Cataract Surgery

Immediately after surgery, some doctors advise wearing a protective shield, even when sleeping, for several days. Vision may be blurry at first, but improves within a few days. Some itching and discomfort are also present for a few days, but it is important that a patient not rub or exert pressure on the treated eye. Heavy lifting should be avoided. Eye drops to prevent inflammation and infection are prescribed.

Even though full healing can take up to 1 months, because cataract surgery is performed on one eye at a time, daily activities can be resumed in a few days. Most patients need to wear eyeglasses, for at least some tasks, after surgery. If the other eye also has a cataract, which is usually the case, the second surgery is scheduled as early as a week after the first.

Where is Cataract Surgery performed?

Dr. Richmond performs Cataract Surgery at Wills Eye Surgical Center located at 8400 Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast Philadelphia. Round trip transportation can be provided to the surgical center for a small fee.