What to Expect During Cataract Surgery
Cataract surgery is an amazingly quick outpatient procedure that can erase years of poor vision. The entire surgical process normally takes less than 20 minutes to perform.
When you decide to move forward with the procedure, it’s normal to feel a little nervous. Our staff at Arizona Eye Specialists understands this and will do everything we can to make you as comfortable and relaxed as possible. We can even prescribe relaxation medication if you need it. The main goal is that you feel 100% confident in our surgical abilities. Arizona Eye Specialists has some of the best cataract surgeons in the Phoenix valley.
Cataract Surgery Day
We will ask that you please arrive at your scheduled time to complete any necessary paperwork and give yourself time to relax.
- Dilation eye drops will be placed into your eye and local anesthetics will be given. You will remain awake and relaxed during the procedure.
- Your doctor will make a small corneal incision. A tiny probe will be inserted to gently break up the cloudy lens using ultrasound waves. This same tool is used to remove the lens fragments from the eye. This is called phacoemulsification.
- Through the same incision, your doctor will insert your pre-chosen replacement intraocular lens (IOL). Depending on the type of vision goals you have after surgery, you may choose a monofocal, multifocal, accommodating, TORIC or the new trifocal lens. Each lens will provide a different level of vision – possibly even reducing or eliminating the need for glasses after surgery.
- The incision is so tiny it simply heals on its own and rarely needs a stitch.
The replacement lens you choose will be permanent and will feel natural in your eye. Cataract surgery is performed once in a person’s lifetime so it’s very important that you consider ALL your IOL options and choose what will be best for you. Your choice will affect how you see for the rest of your life. We’re here to answer any questions you might have.
After Cataract Surgery
After relaxing in our post-op area for a while, you can go home. You will need someone to drive you home after surgery so you can rest for the remainder of the day. As your eye heals, avoid hitting or rubbing your eye.
Your vision may be a bit blurry at first and your eye may be itchy or irritated – this is normal. The prescription eye drops will help minimize discomfort. If you experience any pain or worrisome symptoms, contact our office immediately.
Only one eye is treated at a time. If you have cataracts in both eyes, your second eye can be treated in a few weeks. Once removed, cataracts will not grow back.
Remember: not all cataracts must be removed right away. The best way to know if your cataracts are developed enough to warrant surgery is by scheduling a cataract evaluation. Our informative exam will shed new light on your eye health and will help you learn more about your options for vision improvement.