Cataract Surgery FAQs
What Is Cataract Surgery?
During cataract surgery, the eye surgeon will make a very small incision outside your field of vision. The doctor will use that incision to insert a tiny probe and use ultrasound to disperse the clouded natural lens. The pieces are effortlessly removed with suction through the same incision. The clouded natural lens is exchanged with an artificial lens referred to as an intraocular lens (IOL). Getting an artificial lens is a simple procedure with a stellar success record. It is done on an outpatient basis with a topical anesthetic that will make it a painless procedure. One eye is done at a time, with a short recuperation period in between.
You may have a protective shield to wear during sleep for up to a week, and your eye surgeon will prescribe eye drops to use several times each day for several weeks. For best results, it is very important that you follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions exactly.
Not sure if you have cataracts? Cataract evaluations are offered in our offices in Stuart, Tradition, Port St. Lucie, Jupiter, and West Palm Beach. Schedule an appointment today!
Why Cataract Surgery?
If you have a cataract that is interfering with your normal routine or activities, we recommend having a lens implant. This surgery is extremely safe and can correct distance vision and astigmatism by removing the cataract and replacing it with a modern lens.
If you experience eye problems, or plan to have surgery, and you would like to be examined, the doctors of Florida Vision Institute would be happy to assist you. Our physicians are recognized by their patients and colleagues as trailblazers and pioneers in cataract surgery.
Is Surgery Right For Me?
If you answer “Yes” to any of these questions, you may be showing early signs of cataracts.
- Do you see glares, starbursts, or halos at night?
- Is it becoming more difficult to drive or recognize faces?
- Do colors not appear as sharp or vivid as you once remember?
Am I too young or old for surgery?
For patients with full cataract development, surgery is the suggested solution. However, if your symptoms suggest that you’re showing early symptoms of development but not a fully-developed cataract, there are other treatment possibilities.
How long will the surgery last and is it painful?
In general, cataract surgery will take approximately 10 minutes. You should experience no pain before, during, or after your surgery.
Can I have both eyes done in one surgical procedure?
Ophthalmologists will only treat one eye at a time. An average time between surgeries is usually two weeks, but that may depend upon the individual patient and doctor.
Read more about treatment solutions here and schedule a consultation to have one of our doctors assess your specific concerns.