According to the Kellogg Eye Center, approximately 90 percent of people experience a cataract by the age of 65. Fortunately, there is a surgery that can remove the cataract from the lens of your eye. Below is a list of five frequently asked questions regarding the surgery if you or someone you know develops a cataract.
How is a Cataract Removed?
The main type of cataract surgery is referred to as phacoemulsification. The surgeon uses a microscope to to make a small slit in the surface of the eye. He then uses an instrument to break up the cataract and suction it out. A replacement lens is inserted before the surgery is over, which will help you see better once you recover.
What Do I Have to Do to Prepare for the Surgery?
First, you'll need to meet with your doctor to discuss your medical history. If you are taking any medications, you may be asked to stop them a few days before the surgery is set to take place. Additionally, the doctor will give you any last-minute instructions, such as to refrain from eating 12 hours before the surgery and to bring a friend or family member to drive you home after the surgery is finished.
Are There Any Restrictions Associated With This Surgery?
Cataract surgery patients will find a few restrictions immediately following the surgery, but they won't interrupt your everyday life. Patients will be given eye drops to use for a few days. These help to reduce any inflammation, as well as protect against infection. Other restrictions include not leaning forward to pick up a fallen object and not lifting any objects that are considered heavy.
Are Followup Visits Necessary?
Although cataract surgery is routine and generally safe, your doctor will still need you to come in for a few followup visits to ensure that your eye is healing properly. If you have any problems with eye pressure or retina swelling, the doctor will be able to address them before they become a more serious issue.
Will Both of My Cataracts Be Removed at Once?
Sometimes people experience a cataract in each eye, instead of just in one eye. The American Optometric Association reports that surgeons typically operate on one eye at a time. This allows the patient to see clearly out of one eye, while the other one is healing.
Should you have any additional questions regarding cataracts and the surgery performed to remove them, schedule a consultation with your ophthalmologist.
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