Everything You Should Know About Cataract Surgery
Cataract surgery is something almost everyone has to think of at some point in their lives. Fortunately, thanks to modern medical advances, cataract surgery is easier, faster and more effective than ever. But that doesn’t mean you can write cataract surgery off as just another routine procedure – it is still a surgery. Here at Pinke Eye Center, we are committed to patient education and think it is extremely important to be informed before entering our office.
So, what exactly should you learn about cataract surgery?
Before Cataract Surgery
Before undergoing cataract surgery, there are some things you can do to set yourself up for success during your recovery period. Your cataract surgeon will give you information on what you should be avoiding. It is important to follow the directions of your Shelton cataract surgeon to set yourself up for the best possible outcome!
These directions typically include stopping the use of certain medications, using antibiotic eye drops a few days before surgery to reduce the risk of infection, and fasting before surgery. Be sure to arrange a ride home for after your surgery, as you will not be able to drive yourself!
Also, before your cataract surgery, Dr. Pinke will help you decide which intraocular lens (IOL) is best for you. IOLs are what replace your cataract-affected lens, and it is important to choose one that fits your lifestyle and visual needs.
During Cataract Surgery
Cataract surgery should short and uneventful if you are healthy and have a low risk of complication. A little bit before your surgery, you will be able to take the mild sedative prescribed by your doctor to help you relax. Dr. Pinke will start by preparing the eye, gently placing a lid speculum over your eyelids to keep them open and marking where the IOL will be placed.
If you are undergoing traditional cataract surgery, Dr. Pinke will make small incisions in the cornea. During laser-assisted cataract surgery, this will be done using a laser. After the incisions are created, Dr. Pinke will use surgical tools to remove the cataract piece by piece. Once completely removed, Dr. Pinke will place the IOL chosen before surgery. That’s it!
After Cataract Surgery
Your cataract surgery recovery should be pretty cut and dry. You will be given medicated eye drops and a list of instructions to follow. Be sure to follow these directions closely to avoid any recovery complications!
During your recovery, your vision may fluctuate as your eyes are getting used to the IOL. Most people achieve full results a couple weeks after surgery. If you notice anything strange about your vision, or if your eyes do not seem to be improving, contact Dr. Pinke right away.
Are you ready to schedule your cataract surgery? Clear vision is only a phone call away. Give us a call today at our Shelton, CT office for your cataract surgery consultation!