The hazy vision you develop as cataracts progress can cause significant impairment, but fortunately these changes do not need to be permanent. Cataract surgery is a safe and reliable procedure for restoring clear lenses. Although it is one of the easiest and most frequently performed surgeries in the United States, the team at Clarity Eye Group understands that you may be nervous about any procedure labeled a surgery. To better prepare prospective patients for what the surgery entails, we have provided the following guide:
Before Your Cataract Surgery
The first step in this journey is to receive a formal diagnosis for cataracts. If you have received regular eye examinations, you may have been diagnosed for cataracts well ahead of noticing any serious symptoms. Usually, when those symptoms progress, that is the point when you schedule cataract surgery to clear up your vision.
In an appointment prior to your scheduled surgery, your eye doctor will take a precise measurement of your eye to get an IOL (intraocular lens) that fits just right. The doctor will also discuss your vision prescription to determine if you would like a premium lens that can help correct your quality of vision without needing to rely on eyewear.
Depending on your age and medical condition, your doctor may provide you with anti-inflammatory eye drops to use for a few days before your surgery. You should avoid eating and drinking for at least 12 hours prior to your surgery. Also skip wearing any cosmetics or lotion (particularly close to the eyes) on the day of your surgery. Arrange for a ride to your appointment since you will be unable to drive yourself home.
During Cataract Surgery
Prior to surgery, you will receive eyedrops that dilate the pupil and numb the eye to ensure it stays comfortable during the surgery. You may also receive a mild sedative to keep you calm. At Clarity Eye Group, we perform femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery, which uses a laser rather than a blade. This makes removing the eye’s natural lens less invasive and safer (with lower risk of infection or complications). Once the lens is removed, your surgeon replaces it permanently with an IOL. This surgical portion is usually complete in about 10 to 20 minutes. Patients will stay in a waiting area for a short period to verify that the surgery has been successful and can then return home.
After Cataract Surgery
The side effects from cataract surgery usually dissipate within a few days. Redness, irritation, blurriness and a burning sensation are the most common symptoms. You may also feel drowsy immediately following surgery, so it is helpful to have someone to take care of your food (or have food already prepared) on the first day. Use medicated eye drops prescribed by your doctor to help safeguard against infection and inflammation. Attend follow-up appointments to ensure that surgery has been successful and the healing process is progressing appropriately.
Make an Appointment
The amazing ophthalmologists at Clarity Eye Group are happy to answer all your cataract-related questions to ensure you are comfortable and informed throughout the entire process. To schedule a consultation for cataract surgery, please contact our office today.