Preparing For Surgery
Surgery is the only way to remove cataracts and get back to clear vision. Over 4 million people have cataract surgery every year. The procedure is considered one of the safest performed today and generally takes less than 30 minutes.
What can I expect before cataract surgery?
If you and your ophthalmologist agree cataract surgery is right for you, this is a good time to tell your ophthalmologist how you would like to see after cataract surgery so you can both determine the lens option best suited for your vision goals and eye health.
Are there any tips for scheduling my cataract surgery appointment?
Cataract surgery has plenty of lifestyle benefits beyond vision. The best time is whenever you’re ready. Of course, precise scheduling depends on the individual patient and eye doctor. In most cases, the procedure is performed on one eye at a time, so while the process is far from evasive, you should prepare to repeat it twice.
The procedure does involve an anesthetic, so make sure you have arranged for safe transportation home. The vast majority of patients resume day-to-day activities a few days following the procedure. Still, patients returning home from cataract surgery are encouraged to rest and let their eyes heal.
Did you know that surgery can correct other vision conditions like presbyopia and astigmatism as well as cataracts?
Talk to your eye doctor about your vision goals and learn more about lens options before your surgery.
What is the cataract surgery procedure in detail?
The cataract surgery procedure generally involves the following steps:
- 1. A topical anesthetic is applied to numb your eye(s).
- 2. A tiny incision is made in the cornea.
- 3. A specialized instrument is used to break up and remove the cataract.
- 4. A new Intraocular Lens implant (IOL) is inserted where the cataract once was.
- 5. You may be given an eyepatch to use as directed during the early post operative period.
Does cataract surgery have implications beyond eye care?
Yes, there are several benefits to cataract surgery beyond improved vision. They include:
- Reduced risk of cognitive decline
- Increase in happiness
- Reduced risk of falls and hip fractures
- Walking faster and sleeping better