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Almost every human being will develop a cataract during their lifetime, but it’s comforting to know that cataract surgery is a commonly performed procedure that clears vision and even offers the opportunity to correct conditions such as astigmatism.
Fortunately, modern medicine provides you with a safe and effective treatment for cataracts. Cataract surgery can be performed to replace your eye’s clouded natural lens with a clear, artificial replacement lens called an intraocular lens (IOL).
There are several important lifestyle benefits to cataract surgery. Many of our patients find that they have a renewed sense of independence following their procedure. If you were unable to drive due to your cataracts, cataract surgery will give you the vision to get behind the wheel again. You may also enjoy many of your favorite hobbies much more once you have clear vision.
Other benefits of cataract surgery include:
- Quick recovery time
- Minimal risk of infection
- Smaller incision which eliminates the need for stitches
- Most advanced IOLs produce sharp vision and may reduce or eliminate the need for corrective lenses after your procedure
Although most commonly seen in adults after the age of 40, cataracts can occur at any age. The condition may be present at birth or caused by an injury to the eye. Infections and other eye diseases, such as glaucoma and eye tumors, may cause the development of a cataract. Vision loss is usually gradual as a cataract develops.
At Eye Care Specialists, our doctors are always doing research on new lenses used with cataract surgery. We conduct case studies and research new technology to ensure you achieve the best possible results. Our cataract surgeons use only the highest quality materials with our IOLs to ensure better vision and longer lasting results.
This page will provide you with a basic overview of the cataract surgery recovery process, but we’d be happy to discuss these items with you in greater detail face to face. Please call 1-877-489-7405 today to schedule a consultation at one of our Northeastern Pennsylvania ophthalmology offices.
After your doctor has completed your cataract surgery, we’ll place a protective shield over your eye. Then you’ll rest in our recovery area for about half an hour as the anesthesia wears off and we monitor your initial recovery.
You can remove the protective eye shield within a few hours, but we may ask you to wear it during sleep for a few days to protect your eye as it heals. When you first remove the shield, your vision might seem blurry or distorted. This is normal as your eye adjusts to its new intraocular lens (IOL).
Some side effects you might experience after surgery include
- Dry or itchy eyes
- Red eyes
- Blurry vision
Over-the-counter medication helps reduce pain and inflammation for most patients, but call your eye doctor if you experience severe pain or vision loss.
You may be able to resume your normal daily activities a day or two after surgery. But to prevent complications and ensure that your eye heals properly, observe these helpful guidelines:
- Avoid heavy lifting or strenuous activities for a few weeks
- Avoid swimming pools and hot tubs to prevent eye infection
- Avoid getting water in your eyes when you shower
- Avoid exposing your eyes to such irritants as wind and dust
- Don’t rub your eyes
Your doctor may prescribe antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eye drops to help you heal in the week following surgery. Depending upon how much inflammation you experience, these may be needed for up to a month.