Historical milestones in the field of medicine can be as interesting as a fiction movie. This recent post on Air & Space magazine airspacemag.com that it was in November 1949 that the first cataract surgery was performed by one Dr. Harold Ridley on a Royal Air force pilot, Mouse Cleaver. It is believed that this was the first time an artificial interocular lens (IOL) was ever implanted after removing the natural one. Though Dr. Ridley’s feat did not receive the recognition it deserved then, but today the same very cataract surgery procedure is being carried out on 20 million people around the world, each year. For the record, Dr. Ridley did receive the membership of the Royal Society at last in 1987.
A Simple Procedure
If your vision becomes cloudy, you will see the Ophthalmologist closest to you and after a thorough examination, the doctor might advise you to go in for the surgical replacement of the lens in the affected eye. The actual procedure involves the eye to be operated being numbed through an injection. The other eye may be open and you will remain fully conscious throughout. The surgeon would then use the appropriate precision instruments to carefully remove the natural lens and replace it with the IOL lens. There will be sutures to close any incision made and the eye will be blocked to protect it from any damage. The whole procedure might last only a few minutes and after the surgery is complete and resting for a while you are free to go home.
Pre and Post Surgery Care
While the cataract surgery procedure, as described, is quite simple, you will have to follow a few directions from the doctor so that the procedure is conducted smoothly and the results are satisfactory. Before undergoing the cataract operation, the doctor will advise you to first stop any other medicine you may be consuming if they affect the surgery. An eye drop will also be prescribed to facilitate a smoother operation. In aftercare, again, eye drops will be required to be used for a duration advised and also take care of the eye so that no damage occurs.
The Commercial Aspects
After all, any medical procedure costs dollars. And most people are already covered through insurance policies, though the companies may differ. When you visit the clinic, you will have to first complete the formalities, filling in the patient information form and disclosing your insurance policy details and so on. This will enable the clinic to obtain the necessary clearances from the insurers to forward your bills for the cataract surgery procedure you will undergo in the clinic. This will then be followed by the appointment with the doctor, the eye testing, the measurement the surgeon will need on the eye to have the IOL lens of the correct size prepared and so on. Following all these will ensure you have a hassle-free treatment of your eye and you are able to resume normal life within the shortest possible time.
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