Cataract Surgery – What’s Involved …


Cataract surgery is the removal of the natural lens of the eye (also called “crystalline lens”) that has developed an opacification, which is referred to as a cataract.

Over time, metabolic changes of the crystalline lens fibers lead to the development of the cataract and loss of transparency, causing impairment or loss of vision. Many patients’ first symptoms are strong glare from lights and small light sources at night, along with reduced acuity at low light levels.

During cataract surgery, a patient’s cloudy natural lens is removed and replaced with a synthetic lens to restore the lens’s transparency. If you have pre-existing macular degeneration or floaters, these will not be made better by cataract surgery.

Dr. Van Amerongen will discuss the specific potential complications of the procedures that are unique to your eye. He will consider your goals for your vision, your unique eye condition, and the skills and equipment of local ophthalmologists, and then will recommend the appropriate surgeon.

Cataract surgery is one of the safest procedures available and has a high rate of success. Nevertheless, rare complications can occur. After surgery the most common difficulties that may arise are persistent inflammation, changes in eye pressure, infection, swelling of the retina at the back of the eye, and retinal detachment.

All of these complications are rare but can lead to significant visual loss; thus, the eye surgery co-management process includes regular assessment of your healing by Dr. Van Amerongen.

Kenneth Van Amerongen, Optometrist
1209 W Eisenhower Blvd
The Village Shops
Loveland CO 80537
(970) 667-3445