Your surgery as well as all necessary follow-up visits will be scheduled. Cataracts typically occur in both eyes, but are usually treated one at a time, to allow the first eye to recover. In most cases there is an interval of several weeks or months between each operation.
What happens during cataract surgery?
The operation usually only lasts around 10 to 20 minutes and is performed under a local anesthetic which numbs the eye area. Your eye surgeon will make a tiny incision on the surface of your eye that is so small stitches are rarely necessary. Your surgeon removes your cloudy lens – the cataract - through a small tube. Once the cataract is removed, a new artificial lens will be put into your eye. This intraocular lens is a clear, acrylic lens that requires no care and remains permanently in your eye. You will not see or feel this new lens.
These implants come in prescriptions just like eyeglasses and contact lenses. They come as a standard lens, which focus at only one or two distances and often requires you to continue using eyeglasses. The other option is a premium intraocular lens implant (i.e. Crystal Lens, Restor, and Rezoom). Premium lens implants restore some of the ability of the eye to focus through a variety of means. This enables you to be more independent of even reading glasses and the majority of patients find they can perform 95% of their tasks with no glasses whatsoever.
What happens after cataract surgery?
You should have someone available to drive you home the day of the surgery. We’ll schedule a follow-up visit the very next day. At first vision is usually blurry. However, within a few days your vision will clear dramatically. Most people are able to return to normal activities within 48 hours, including showering, driving, shopping and cleaning.
For the first two weeks, the eye will need extra protection. This can be provided by glasses during the day and you may be required to wear a shield at night. For three to four weeks after surgery, drops will need to be placed in the eye regularly to reduce inflammation. After six weeks, your eye is completely healed and your vision is restored. This is a once-in-a-life-time procedure since cataracts do not grow back.
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