Cataract surgery is the removal of the cloudy lens inside the eye, which is then replaced by an artificial lens called an intraocular lens or IOL. The new lens will have some prescription in it to improve eyesight.
Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed surgeries in the country. It is an outpatient procedure performed while the patient is awake. Patients are given some mild sedation and a local anesthetic. The procedure takes about eight to 10 minutes, and there is typically no discomfort. After a light snack and some juice, patients are ready to return home.
Our highly-skilled surgeons use the most advanced and safest forms of technology allowing for quick and comfortable recovery. The incision made during surgery is so tiny that it heals on its own generally without stitches in the days following surgery. Most patients recover quickly with improved vision soon after surgery. It is normal for the vision to fluctuate during the first week following cataract surgery. Patients that will continue to need glasses after surgery must allow their eyes to heal for one month in order to accurately measure a new prescription.
While cataract surgery can significantly improve your vision, many patients will still require some correction with glasses to achieve clear vision at all distances. At Eye Surgical Associates we view cataract surgery as an opportunity to enhance your vision and have several options available to help reduce your dependency on glasses.
The vision needs are different for each patient, and we can help you determine which of our Advanced Lens options might be best for you. To learn more about reducing your need for glasses after surgery, click on the links for an overview of these elective packages.