Start To Finish Treatment
The Ophthalmologist's goal is to better your eyesight through cataract surgery.
Your Ophthalmologist will determine the best care for your eyes. Below are the steps you should expect that will be taken before, during, and after treatment.
This visit will connect you with your surgeon where you will discuss the health of your eye and lens options. This evaluation will determine whether cataract surgery is right for you.
Schedule Your Surgery
The staff will confirm the date and time of the surgery as well as go over any additional questions that your doctor did not cover. At this time, it would be beneficial for you to ask any questions you want to be answered.
Many doctors require a medical clearance from your primary doctor. This ensures that you are healthy enough to have cataract surgery. Once you have been cleared for surgery by your primary doctor we can move forward. Your safety and care are our top priority.
Most cataract surgeries today are performed under topical anesthesia using eye drops. A topical anesthetic is a local anesthetic that is used to numb the surface of the eye. Some patients may need stronger anesthesia performed with a needle called a block. Talk with your anesthesiologist about your concerns. They can give additional relaxing medication via IV or oral routes.
Cataract surgery generally takes between 5 and 25 minutes. Most patients are awake and can expect to see a light show during the procedure. Let your doctor know if you are having pain and anxiety during the procedure. They can adjust the medications to make it a comfortable experience.
After Surgery Care
Most patients will be using drops for about a month after surgery. These drops prevent infection and ensure the proper healing of the eye. Your doctor should give you clear instructions after the surgery that ask you not to bend and strain. Also, keep things like water and debris away from your eye(s). Always ask your ophthalmologist any questions you have regarding care.