Cataracts are very common among elderly individuals over the age of 80— affecting more than half of the elderly population. Although very common among the elderly, however, individuals of all ages can get cataracts. If you have cataracts and have to get surgery in order to help clear up your blurry vision, you likely have a slew of questions running through your mind. From understanding more about the surgery itself to knowing what to expect during recovery, this article will help to put your mind at ease and prepare you for surgery.
Is cataract surgery painful?
Luckily, before your cataract surgery, numbing eye drops will be placed into your eyes in order to ensure that you don’t feel any pain during the procedure. However, you may experience a slight amount of pressure as your doctor works on your eye.
How long does surgery take?
The best thing about cataract surgery is that it only take around ten minutes to complete— meaning that you will be in and out of the office in no time.
What happens during the surgery?
The point of cataract surgery is to remove the entire cataract from your eye. In order to do this, the doctor will break up the lens into small pieces in order to remove them from your eye. Once the lens has been removed, an artificial lens, called an intraocular lens, will be placed in its place.
What is recovery like?
For a few days after your cataract surgery, you may experience some redness, swelling, and bruising around the eye. You will likely experience light sensitivity and will be sent home with some temporary glasses to help shield your eyes from the sun and light as they heal. It is typically recommended that you take a day or two off of work in order to really allow your eyes to heal without any added stress.
Cataract surgery is a routine procedure that might sound frightening at first but is nothing to really worry about. If you have any questions or concerns about cataract surgery, contact our office today and one of our experts will gladly help you.