All are difficult procedures. It may be easier to remove the lens (possible intracapsular extraction with vectis loop or lensectomy) and implant an anterior chamber lens. Hard, dense nuclei are difficult to remove with phacoemulsification or SICS. You may prefer to do a routine extracapsular extraction.
How long does it take to fully recover from cataract surgery?
Although some patients see well just a few days after cataract surgery, full healing can take up to three months. Cataract surgery recovery time tends to be minimal and mild, but there are various factors that can impact the speed of recovery.
How painful is cataract surgery?
Cataract surgery is not painful. While patients are awake during surgery, there is little or no discomfort involved. A mild sedative may be administered before the surgery, which calms the nerves, and eye drops are used to numb the eye.
Is cataract surgery a major surgery?
Is cataract surgery major surgery? It is surgery, but it’s not considered “major” by the medical community. In most instances, cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure.
Is there a downside to cataract surgery?
The main disadvantage of cataract surgery is that it’s not as precise as laser surgery. It would be a mistake to go ahead with laser surgery if you had a cataract because it’s likely that the cataract would interfere with the visual results you could achieve after laser refractive surgery.
What is the most common complication of cataract surgery?
A long-term consequence of cataract surgery is posterior capsular opacification (PCO). PCO is the most common complication of cataract surgery. PCO can begin to form at any point following cataract surgery.
Do you need glasses after cataract surgery?
Regardless of the type of lens you select, you may still need to rely on glasses some of the time, but if correctly selected, your IOLs can greatly reduce your dependence on glasses. Discuss your options with your ophthalmologist to determine the IOL that best suits your vision needs and lifestyle.
Are you put to sleep for cataract surgery?
medication is given so that you are essentially asleep through the procedure. You may be awake or asleep during the surgery depending upon the amount of sedation given, but you will not be uncomfortable. There is no pain during cataract surgery.
Is cataract surgery scary?
It’s A Safe, Low-Risk Surgery
As far as surgeries go, cataract surgery is very low-risk. A small percentage of patients will experience complications. An even smaller percentage experience serious complications. Almost all risks from cataract surgery are avoidable!
Do you get a shot in the eye for cataract surgery?
An anesthetic shot or numbing eye drops will be used to make sure you’ll be comfortable throughout the surgery. You should not feel pain or discomfort during your procedure. Cataract surgery is one of the safest, most successful surgeries involving the eye.
What is the fastest way to recover from cataract surgery?
- use your eye drops as instructed.
- take it easy for the first 2 to 3 days.
- use your eye shield at night for at least a week.
- take painkillers if you need to.
- bathe or shower yourself as usual.
- wear your eye shield when washing your hair.
- read, watch TV and use a computer.
- use your shield, old glasses or sunglasses outdoors.
How long after cataract surgery can you watch TV?
You can read or watch TV right away, but things may look blurry. Most people are able to return to work or their normal routine in 1 to 3 days. After your eye heals, you may still need to wear glasses, especially for reading.
Does cataract surgery restore 20/20 Vision?
It is a relatively quick procedure with a fast recovery time that restores a person’s quality of life. Some patients ask if they will have 20/20 vision after the procedure. Most patients can achieve 20/20 vision as long as they have no other conditions.
What is the average age of cataract surgery?
In most people, cataracts start developing around age 60, and the average age for cataract surgery in the United States is 73. However, changes in the lenses of our eyes start to affect us in our 40’s.