WHAT TO EXPECT
When you and your doctor decide you’re a good candidate for cataract surgery, you’ll schedule the appointment. Although the procedure is typically quick, there are a few ways you can plan for what to expect before, during, and after cataract surgery to make the process run more smoothly. Routine cataract surgery risks, irrelevant to lens selection, could be minor, temporary, or affect patients’ vision permanently. Rare complications are worsening of vision, bleeding, or infection. Discuss all risks and benefits with your eye doctor before surgery.
Before Cataract Surgery
Cataract surgery is a quick, simple procedure, but there are a few ways you can prepare to help make sure the process is as smooth as possible.
Whether you choose manual or laser, cataract surgery is one of the most successful surgeries of its kind and can be completed in about 15 minutes per eye.
After Cataract Surgery
Vision improvement after cataract surgery can be immediate, but there are still some precautions and things to look out for after your procedure – including care for your eye.
There are risks to routine cataract surgery. This is irrelevant to the lens you choose. The problems could be minor, temporary, or affect your vision permanently. Complications are rare. These may include are worsening of your vision, bleeding, or infection. Pre-existing diseases or conditions may place you at higher risk of experiencing complications (e.g., more difficult recovery) after routine cataract surgery. Examples of pre-existing diseases or conditions are diabetes, heart disease and previous trauma to your eye.
With some IOLs, you may experience some loss in the sharpness of your vision, even with glasses. With these IOLs, you may have more difficulty driving at night or in poor visibility conditions This can affect your ability to detect road hazards as quickly at night or in fog. You may also experience halos (rings around light), glare (reflected light, making it difficult to see) and starbursts (rays around light). A small number of patients may want to have their IOL removed. This can be due to lens-related optical/visual symptoms. You should discuss all risks and benefits with your eye doctor before surgery.