Answers to Common Cataract Questions

Does cataract surgery hurt? How long will the surgery take?

Most people feel that cataract surgery is not painful, although there might be some discomfort or pressure. However, everyone has a different threshold for discomfort so your experience may be different.   The procedure is performed  on one eye at a time. Anesthetic eye drops will be administered to numb your eye and you’ll be offered medication to help you relax. The actual surgery usually takes less than 10-20 minutes.

What can I expect after cataract surgery?

This is performed as an outpatient procedure. You will need to have a friend or family member drive you home after surgery so you can rest. You will be instructed to wear a protective eye shield while sleeping and use prescription eye drops for a specified time following the procedure to aid in healing. After approximately two weeks you can have surgery on the other eye, if needed.

Can a cataract return?

No. A cataract cannot return because all or part of the lens has been removed. However, in some instances the capsule holding the lens may eventually become cloudy a year or more after surgery, causing the same vision problems as a cataract. There is a simple, quick and painless treatment called YAG Capsulotomy if this occurs which normally results in a return of good vision.

What are the risks of cataract surgery?

Cataract surgery is a commonly-performed procedure, but as with any type of surgery there are potential complications including:

  • Infection
  • Swelling
  • Bleeding
  • Retinal detachment
  • Glare
  • Glaucoma

You will have a greater chance of a complication-free surgery when you choose a skilled, experienced surgeon like Dr. Wright.

Is cataract surgery covered by insurance?

Cataract surgery and standard Intraocular Lenses (IOLs) are typically covered by Medicare and most health insurance plans. If you choose to correct presbyopia or astigmatism at the same time by having an advanced IOL inserted, you will incur some out-of-pocket costs. Life without the hassle of glasses is often worth the extra cost for most patients.

Is cataract surgery right for me?

Many of our patients with otherwise healthy eyes see better after cataract surgery. But no surgery is completely risk-free. Ask your doctor to explain anything you do not understand. There is no such thing as a dumb question when it comes to your eye health.

Find out if the time is right for you to have laser-based cataract surgery at Wright Vision Center. Contact us today to schedule a Cataract Consultation.

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