Has your eye doctor told you that you need to have cataract surgery? Some people hesitate to have this surgery done because they’re concerned about having someone work on their eyes. However, cataract surgery can drastically improve your vision. If you are struggling to see because of cataracts, this can be a good option for helping you see better again.
If you have cataracts, you probably have blurry vision and struggle to see when there’s glare from lights. Many people live with cataracts for a long time before they have them treated. At the point where the cataract makes it difficult for you to do the everyday activities that you love, it’s time to start considering surgery.
During cataract surgery, your eye surgeon will remove the lens of your eye and replace it with an artificial one. This is because cataracts cause the lens to get cloudy. Once this hampers your vision, it’s time for a new lens. There are various types of lenses available. Your doctor will help you choose the one that best fits with your needs. There’s even a lens that can help correct astigmatism!
Before your surgery, you will need to be tested. These will help the doctor get the right lens for your eye. If you take certain medications that thin your blood or help with prostate problems, your doctor may tell you to stop taking them before your surgery. You’ll probably need to put antibiotics in your eye drops for a couple of days before surgery and stop eating or drinking 12 hours before your surgery time.
Cataract surgery is almost always an outpatient procedure. It only takes about an hour to perform. Your doctor will give you eye drops to help dilate your pupil. You will also get an anesthetic so that your eyes numb, and you may also get a sedative. Your doctor will use the best technique possible to remove your lens and replace it with a new one. Then they will close up your eye and make sure that everything is working as it should.
Your vision should be back to normal within just a couple of days. This is because you’re now seeing through a new lens. If your vision does not approve immediately, don’t worry! Your eye will need to heal and adjust to the new lens. Your doctor will check with you and check on your eyes several times post-surgery, so there will be plenty of time to talk about any problems that you are having.
At Meadows Eye Care, we routinely perform cataract surgery on people with all sorts of different needs. If you are thinking about surgery and want to know what your options are, give us a call and we will hook you up with a cataract specialist. They will look at your eye and talk to you about the effects that cataracts are having on your life. If cataract surgery is right for you, they will help you get an appointment and let you know what needs to be done.