Can cataracts be treated medically or corrected with eyeglasses?
Unfortunately, a cataract cannot be treated with glasses or medication. The only effective method for treating a cataract is the surgical replacement of the eye’s clouded natural lens with an artificial one – called an intraocular lens (IOL).
Am I a good candidate for cataract surgery?
You should consult an eye care professional to determine if you suffer from cataracts and how far progressed the condition is. You will decide together if you are eligible for cataract surgery.
How do I find the right doctor to perform cataract surgery on me?
An important part of cataract surgery is finding the right doctor. There are many factors to consider, for example, the doctor’s experience, expertise and the technology used. Visit, research, and compare surgeons before choosing the one you are most comfortable with. When you talk to your doctors about cataract surgery, prepare some questions beforehand.
How is cataract surgery typically performed?
The surgery itself takes about 15 to 30 minutes and is performed in one eye at a time. Local anaesthesia is usually used. Typically, after a short observation period, you will be allowed to go home. It will not be possible to drive a car right after surgery.
Can both eyes be treated in one procedure?
If you have cataracts in both eyes, your doctor will usually schedule the second surgery a few weeks after the first surgery.
Does cataract surgery hurt?
No, the procedure is painless. You will usually only receive drops of anesthesia to numb your eye during surgery. As your medication wears off after the procedure, you might feel some minor discomfort for a short time. This can easily be treated with over-the-counter pain medication.
How long do the effects of cataract surgery last?
Cataract surgery is permanent. The IOL does not have to be removed or replaced and can stay in the eye for the rest of the life.
Are any further procedures required after surgery?
A follow-up visit is necessary the day after surgery to check the state of your eye as well as answer any questions you might have. Additional examinations are typically scheduled over the following weeks to monitor the healing process.
How long will it take before I regain full vision?
Patients frequently notice a significant vision improvement immediately after surgery. However, some may also experience blurriness. It can take a few days for the eye to adjust and vision to improve. Multifocal lenses normally require more time to adjust than monofocal lenses - patients may experience visual phenomena like glare right after surgery. The visual phenomena will disappear or become less disturbing after a little while.
What activities should I avoid after surgery?
Following surgery, doctors may advise you to relax and avoid strenuous activities such as bending over or lifting. They may advise you not to overexert your eyes, so they have time to recover. For optimal healing, you should avoid rubbing or pressing your eye.