If your vision is blurry as a result of cataracts, your doctor may recommend cataract surgery. During cataract surgery, your doctor will remove the cloudy lens and replace it with a clear artificial one.
Many patients get nervous at the mention of surgery and that is completely understandable. However, cataract surgery is an incredibly safe and effective procedure. And both your vision and quality of life will be greatly improved once it’s over.
Information is usually the best way to combat fear so let’s look at everything you need to know about cataract surgery:
- Not everyone is a good candidate for surgery
Some people with cataracts experience minimal changes to their vision. And some people are able to manage their cataracts just fine by using a stronger prescription.
As your cataracts progress, surgery may become necessary. Be sure to discuss all your options with your doctor so you can find out whether surgery is the right option for you.
- Cataract surgery is a quick outpatient procedure
Cataract surgery usually takes under an hour to perform. Your surgeon will make a small incision in the front of your eye and remove the cataract. Then they will replace it with the artificial lens.
You will be awake during the surgery but you won’t feel a thing. And no hospital stay is required so you can recover in the comfort of your own home.
- Your vision may still be blurry immediately following surgery
Don’t be alarmed if your vision is still somewhat blurry immediately following surgery; your eyes are simply healing. Your vision should continue to improve over the next few days and weeks following surgery.
And it is totally normal to feel mild discomfort or itching after surgery. However, you should contact your doctor immediately if you experience extreme pain or vision loss.
- You should give yourself time to recover
Side-effects are rare but they do happen. Some of the most common side-effects are an eye infection, retinal detachment, or bleeding. This is why it is important for you to give yourself time to fully recover after surgery. For the first week avoid any strenuous activities or anything that could expose your eyes to harmful contaminants.
And of course, be sure to follow up with your doctor for your post-surgery appointment. Our doctors at Pinke Eye Center can evaluate how your eyes are healing and answer any questions you may have.
If you would like to schedule a cataract consultation at Pinke Eye Center in Shelton, CT, contact us today!