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Frequently Asked Questions About Cataract Surgery


Are there any alternatives to cataract surgery?

There are no alternatives to cataract surgery, and cataracts will get worse over time. Since untreated cataracts can lead to blindness, it’s imperative to seek the help of a doctor.

How does cataract surgery work?

Cataract surgery is completed under sedation. After the eye areas are numbed, a tiny incision is made for the ultrasonic probe, which then breaks up the cataracts. The broken-up cataract is then suctioned out of the eye.

How long does cataract surgery take?

The surgery takes around six to ten minutes, on average, to complete.

Is the surgery painful?

Cataract surgery is painless for most patients.

What is the recovery time for cataract surgery?

Most patients should go home the day of the procedure. You should plan to have someone else drive you home. The day following the surgery, we will perform an eye exam and make sure everything is healing as it should. You will also use eye drops to improve the healing process and prevent infection.

What can I expect from the recovery?

You may experience itching and discomfort in the days following the surgery, along with fluid discharge. Light sensitivity is also common.

Can cataracts come back after they are removed?

Some people may experience clouding on the new lens, but we can treat this with a posterior capsulotomy (painlessly performed in our office without anesthesia).


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