Cataract surgery is performed to remove a cataract from the eye and replace it with an artificial lens. In healthy eyes, the lens of the eye is clear, but in eyes with cataracts, the lens becomes cloudy, which can affect your vision. Cataract surgery is often recommended when cataracts interfere with your daily activities or if they make it difficult to treat another eye problem.
About a week before your surgery, you will need to undergo an ultrasound test to measure the shape and size of your eye. This will help us determine which type of lens implant is right for you. Most patients receive IOLs, or intraocular lenses, which improve your vision by focusing light onto the back of the eye. There is a selection of different IOLs that have different features; our team will speak with you prior to your surgery to determine which type is best for you.
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Cataract surgery is generally an outpatient procedure, so you will be able to return home afterward to recover. The procedure will begin with eye drops being placed into your eye to dilate your pupil. Then, a local anesthetic will be given to numb the area. We can also offer you a sedative to help you relax if you are nervous about your procedure.
During surgery, the clouded cataract lens will be removed, and a clear artificial lens will take its place. There are a number of ways to remove a cataract, including using an ultrasound probe to break up the lens for removal, or making an incision in the eye and removing the lens in one piece. Your doctor will choose which option they prefer. Overall, this procedure takes an hour or less to perform.
Following your cataract surgery, you may experience temporary blurred vision, itchiness, or mild discomfort as your eye heals. A follow-up visit will be scheduled a couple of days after your procedure to ensure that your eye is healing correctly. In some cases, we may recommend prescription eye drops to help prevent infection or inflammation.
In most cases, individuals who have cataract surgery will need glasses. Our team will let you know when your eyes have healed enough for you to get a final prescription for your glasses, which is usually 1-3 months after surgery.
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Dr. Archana Gupta is a board certified ophthalmologist. She specializes in cataract, cornea, external diseases and refractive surgery.
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