Cataract Surgery: What You Can Expect Before, During, and After

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Cataracts are a common age-related condition where the lens of the eye starts to become cloudy. This leads to progressive vision impairment. Although cataracts are more commonly found in elderly patients, anyone can develop cataracts.

There are various ways you can manage the symptoms of your cataracts but as they continue to progress, you may find that cataract surgery becomes necessary. Fortunately, cataract surgery is an incredibly common and safe procedure. In fact, over 20 million cataract surgeries will be performed around the world just this year.

However, we know that anytime you are having surgery is can feel scary. So to ease some of your concerns, here is everything you can expect before, during, and after your cataract surgery.

Before Surgery

You should ask a friend or family member commit to driving you to the surgery and waiting during the procedure.

Prior to surgery, your doctor will give you numbing eye drops so you don’t feel anything during the procedure. And if you are feeling especially nervous, your doctor may give you something to help you relax.

During Surgery

Cataract surgery is incredibly quick so the actual procedure itself will only take about 20 minutes. Your doctor will make an incision in the front of your eye and then use a tool to break up the cataract. After removing it, he will insert an intraocular lens (IOL) and close up your incision.

Immediately following the surgery, you will head to recovery so you can be monitored. Once you are cleared from recovery, you can have your friend drive you home. From there, you can recover in the comfort of your own home.

After Surgery

You may experience some discomfort immediately following cataract surgery. It will take your eyes time to heal from the incision so you should allow yourself plenty of time to rest. You may feel sensitivity to light and some overall soreness in your eyes.

Make sure you use the eye drops prescribed by your doctor and wearing an eye shield at night will help protect your eyes. And let your doctor know if you experience any serious pain or feel like your eyes are not getting better.

If you have any other questions about cataract surgery, we would be happy to help clear up any of your concerns. Contact our office to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors.

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