What to expect during cataract surgery

Aug 19, 2021, in Uncategorized by admin

Everyone gets nervous when they hear the word ‘surgery’ and especially when its on a sensitive area of your body, it can be doubly nerve-wracking. Today, we’re going to talk about a few of the things you can expect during the process as well as some of the things you’ll need to be thinking about.

Don’t worry, we get it – it can be stressful; but reality is the procedure is fairly simple and doing the right things in advance will take away a lot of the anxiety throughout the process. Let’s jump right in!

Before

You’re likely a pretty strong candidate for cataract surgery if you’re experiencing the following:

  • Blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Difficulty reading or watching TV
  • Colors don’t look as vibrant as they used to

To prepare, you’ll get your eyes examined, discuss your health and identify the severity of your cataracts. We’ll measure your eye to determine what kind of IOL (Intraocular lens) is best for you. This IOL will replace your natural lens so that you don’t need glasses. 

You may expect to stop using certain medications or even have to purchase some antibiotic eye drops to lower the risk of infection from surgery. But other than that – the road to the procedure is pretty straight forward. 

During surgery

During surgery, you’ll have your eye numbed with a local anesthetic so you don’t feel anything. You’ll likely be awake during surgery, but you won’t be able to see what’s happening in your eye. Surgeons will create a tiny incision with a laser near your cornea, zap the cataract and your natural lens. 

They’ll both be removed and your new, clear IOL will be put in. Believe it or not, the surgery is really quick. On average, it takes about 15 minutes. In fact, you’ll likely spend more time in the waiting room and the office getting ready for the surgery and afterward for a brief recovery time than you will in the actual procedure itself. 

After surgery

Once you’re done, your new IOL will become a natural part of your eye and will give you a big boost to your vision again. You won’t be able to drive right off the bat and you’ll want someone to take you home.

You might feel some itchiness or irritation in your eye in the days following and some might even need to wear a protective shield over your eye while you sleep. You’ll use the drops your doctor gives you and you’ll have to keep yourself from rubbing your eyes or doing any kind of real strenuous activity for a solid week. 

After about a month, you should be in good shape. YOu’ll notice a huge difference in your vision, as soon as a few days after surgery. Then, everything will work like new!

Hopefully today’s blog has helped take some of your anxiety away about cataract surgery and Intraocular lenses. If you’d like to learn more about the process, talk to your doctor and find out what’s right for you. Until then, good luck! Better vision is just around the corner!