Cataract surgery is one of the safest and most effective outpatient procedures. Advanced artificial intraocular lenses (IOLs) have allowed patients to recover their vision and reduce their need for glasses. Less invasive surgical techniques have made the entire process safer, with faster recovery times. The procedure is even more efficient than it once was, usually taking less than half an hour from start to finish. Although cataract surgery is generally a safe and effective procedure, it’s still surgery, and that comes with its own set of precautions, risks and considerations you should discuss with your doctor.
You and your doctor will decide when cataract surgery is right for you. During your exam, your doctor will check your prescription and vision. Then, your pupils will be dilated to assess the appearance of the cataracts and ensure your eyes are healthy for surgery. If cataracts are impairing your vision and keeping you from performing simple tasks like reading or driving, your doctor will likely refer you for a cataract surgery consultation. Your doctor will refer you to a cataract surgeon that will provide you with the best care and best visual results possible.
Our office will arrange a cataract surgery consultation at the surgeon’s office for you. This consultation will consist of a dilated eye exam and you will be presented with different options available for your cataract surgery.The surgery center will walk you through the preparations for the procedure and make sure you understand and feel comfortable with the entire process.
The day after after cataract surgery, you will return to your surgeon for a follow-up visit to make sure your eye is healing properly. You will be directed on how to use your post-op prescription eyedrops. Additional check-ups are usually scheduled with your optometrist at one week and one month after the surgery. Your optometrist will guide you through the post-op period and you’ll be enjoying the benefits of your newly restored vision.