Cataract surgery is a surgical procedure in which your surgeon cuts open your eye to remove the lens affected by a cataract and replaces it with a new, artificial lens. This surgical procedure doesn't take very long and you are home the very same day. If you have cataracts in both eyes, you may have this procedure done on separate days to allow time for one eye to heal before the other eye is operated on. This procedure can help save your vision and prevent other vision concerns from affecting you. With cataracts, you have trouble seeing out of your lens because it is too blurry, and your optometrist has trouble seeing through the cataracts as well to see the back of the eye. If you are considering cataract surgery, read on for what you can expect.
This is an outpatient procedure, meaning you will be back home the very same day. This procedure usually only takes a few hours, and you will be given an eye patch to help allow your eye to heal. You will need someone to drive you home after your surgery, so be sure you have a helper after your surgery to drive you to the procedure and back home again. You may also need help after this procedure, so be sure you have someone to help you at home as well.
Pain Or Swelling
You are more than likely going to have some pain and swelling, which is why you will also be given pain medication after the surgery. You may experience headaches, dizziness, or even nausea after this surgery. If you feel that you aren't getting better after a couple of days, you should consult your optometrist about how you have been feeling. You should also consult your optometrist if you have bleeding, infection, or sudden vision loss.
You are more than likely going to need to wear eyeglasses in order to see after this surgery. You may still have some vision concerns after you have had cataract surgery, although your vision will be much better, you likely aren't going to have perfect vision. Your optometrist will check your eyes and your vision and will figure out what type of eyeglasses are going to be necessary based on your vision.
If you have cataracts, you should consider having cataract surgery in order to treat this condition. Allowing your cataracts to worsen can result in other vision concerns going undiagnosed and you could lose your vision completely. Talk to your optometrist about having cataracts surgery today.