What is cataract surgery?
Cataract surgery is a procedure to remove the lens of your eye and replace it with an artificial lens. It’s typically performed when a cataract (a clouding of the lens) has caused your vision to become blurry or dimmed.
Is cataract surgery painful?
Anesthetic eye drops are used to numb the eye, so the procedure itself is typically painless. Some patients report mild discomfort during the recovery process, but this can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.
How long does the procedure take?
The actual surgery usually takes about 15 to 20 minutes, but you’ll need to be at the surgery center for about 2 to 3 hours to allow time for preparation and recovery.
Will I be awake during the surgery?
Yes, you’ll be awake during the procedure, but you won’t be able to see what’s happening. Anesthesia is used to make you comfortable and keep you relaxed.
What is the recovery process like?
After surgery, your eye may feel itchy or uncomfortable for a few days. You might also experience mild sensitivity to light or have a slightly blurred vision. We’ll provide you with protective eyewear and prescribe eye drops to prevent infection and reduce inflammation.
When can I return to my normal activities?
Generally, you should be able to resume most normal activities within a few days. However, you should avoid heavy lifting or strenuous activities for a few weeks.
What are the risks of cataract surgery?
While all surgeries carry some degree of risk, cataract surgery is generally very safe. Complications are rare but can include infection, inflammation, bleeding, swelling, retinal detachment, or vision loss.
What kind of improvement can I expect in my vision?
Most patients notice a significant improvement in their vision following cataract surgery. You’ll likely find reading, driving, and other daily activities easier. However, individual results can vary.
Remember, our team at Physicians Eye Clinic of Laredo is always here to answer any other questions you may have. Don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule a consultation.