Cataract Surgery: What to Expect
If you have been diagnosed with cataracts and they are starting to interfere with your daily activities, it may be time for surgery. Cataract surgery is the only way to improve your vision that has become cloudy, dull and blurry. The good news is that this is a very common procedure. In fact, there are an estimated 3 million cataract surgeries performed in the United States every year.
Cataract surgery can produce excellent results – even freeing you from glasses for most tasks if you choose a premium intraocular lens (IOL). The procedure is performed on one eye at a time. If you need surgery in both eyes, the second will be done after the first eye has fully healed.
At BoozmanHof we realize that having eye surgery can be a bit scary so our staff works hard to make you as comfortable as possible before, during and after the procedure. This is how the process will go:
Plan to check into our surgery center at your surgery time so we can complete any final paperwork and get you ready for surgery.
- You’ll be directed into our pre-op suite so we can apply medicated eye drops and a local anesthetic to prepare your eye. We also provide relaxation medicine.
- Then we’ll move you into our comfortable surgical suite.
- The procedure will take 15-30 minutes. Your doctor will make a tiny incision in your cornea and then use a process called phacoemulsification to break up your cloudy lens and gently remove it.
- A pre-determined clear replacement lens (or IOL) is inserted into the eye. You will not be able to feel the new lens but you will certainly be able to see the effects of the new lens!
- We will take you back to the pre-op suite to receive your post-operative instructions.
- Then you can return home to rest or nap.
As your eye heals you may experience mild irritation and discomfort. Taking the prescribed antibiotic eye drops will aid in the healing process and help prevent infection. Some patients report improved vision within a couple of days after surgery while others may take a while longer.
Follow-up visits will be scheduled to ensure that your eyes are healing properly:
- One day after your procedure
- One to two weeks later
- One month after surgery
You don’t have to live with cloudy vision caused by cataracts…and you may even be able to eliminate your need for glasses…with cataract surgery.
Find out if you are a good candidate for cataract surgery: schedule a Cataract Consultation with the team at BoozmanHof. Contact us today.