Cataract surgery involves replacing a clouded lens with a specialized prosthetic called an intraoperative lens (IOL). Cataract surgery is a relatively quick procedure and is performed on an outpatient basis. To ensure you have a good experience and a successful surgery it’s important that you follow these tips.
Understand the process.
Once you have decided that cataract removal surgery is the right option for you, our office staff will schedule the date for your outpatient surgery. The process for removing a cataract involves the following steps:
- Dr. Harris will create a small incision in the eye, on the side of the cornea – just large enough to pass small surgical instruments through.
- Once the incision has been made, Dr. Harris will gently peel off the front layer of the lens – allowing access to the inner areas of the lens, where the cataract has formed.
- Using a surgical tool, Dr. Harris will break up the cataract into smaller segments and will vacuum these smaller fragments out of the remaining good lens.
- Once all fragments of the cataract have been removed, a replacement lens will be inserted into the capsular bag where the natural lens used to be. In most cases, this is an intraocular lens, which is foldable and slips in through the tiny incision.
- Because the incision is so small, it is often water-tight and does not require any sutures – particularly if a foldable lens has been used.
Know what to expect.
However, a successful outcome relies on adequate follow-up as well as your adherence to recovery guidelines. As with all aspects of cataract surgery, the more you understand what to expect and are prepared, the better off you’ll be.
In the period after cataract surgery, you have two main tasks, to ensure that the incision heals without infection and that the intraoperative lens properly becomes incorporated into the eye. Typically, while you’re able to get home quickly after surgery, it takes a few weeks before you’re completely back to normal.
Follow all of the doctor’s orders.
Ultimately, cataract surgery is highly effective, with a Dr. Harris To ensure the best possible long-term outcome, you need to take several steps during recovery and follow all recommended guidelines. These include:
- Wearing the eye shield.
- Following all prescription directions- especially eye drops.
- Do not rub eye[s].
- Protect eyes from sunlight.
- Keep the eye free of liquid and debris
- Avoid bending over.
- Follow all physical restrictions.
- Be sure to follow up with Dr. Harris and the cataract Consultants team.
If you follow all these recommendations, you are very likely to have a successful surgery and reap all the benefits that come with it.
At Cataract Consultants, our goal is to rejuvenate your vision using the most appropriate method of treatment for your individual needs. While the most obvious benefit of cataract removal surgery options we offer is improved vision, for most patients, the most notable benefit is the improved quality of life that follows the surgery. Many patients are once again able to do the things they loved before cataracts impaired their vision.
If you are ready to experience a sharper and more vibrant world and start living a better quality of life, contact Cataracts Consultants today!