What happens during a cataract procedure?
Cataract surgery is a same day, outpatient procedure. Prior to starting, an anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist will administer local anesthesia and mild IV sedation to ensure your comfort. Next, your surgeon will remove the clouded lens and implant a clear artificial lens—either a standard monofocal lens or an advanced technology lifestyle lens—in its place. The procedure is performed in as little as fifteen minutes, and the incision heals naturally with no stitches necessary. Shortly after the procedure, you will be allowed to return home. Vision starts to improve immediately following surgery, with complete recovery in a few days.
Who should have cataract surgery?
Anyone whose vision is being limited or affected by cataracts may benefit from cataract surgery. If you find that you are no longer able to do the things you love because of your cloudy vision, or you feel less safe when performing certain activities such as driving, ask Hollingshead Eye Center about surgery and which state-of-the-art implantable lifestyle lens may restore your best vision.
Cataracts & Astigmatism
By combining limbal relaxing incisions at the time of cataract surgery, your surgeon may also correct astigmatism. Lifestyle lenses implanted during cataract surgery may also be an option.
Cataracts & Glaucoma
Cataract patients who also struggle with glaucoma may benefit from a state-of-the-art treatment option, which includes implanting a tiny device during cataract surgery to lower pressure in the eye and reduce your reliance on glaucoma medication. Visit our glaucoma page to learn more.