What Should One Expect in a Cataract Surgery?

Before the operation

Several days or weeks before the operation, you will meet with your ophthalmologist to discuss what type of cataract surgery you will undergo and discuss what would happen during the surgery. Your medical history will be evaluated by your physician.

You should ask and discuss with your physician which of your daily routines should you be avoiding. Before the operation, the ophthalmologist will conduct several examinations to determine which intraocular lens to implant. The physician chooses an artificial lens based on your eye’s length and the degree of curvature of your cornea.

It is crucial that you remember and follow the preoperative instructions of your physician. You will not be confined in the hospital after undergoing a cataract surgery. Therefore, you should make arrangements with family or relatives to drive you home after the operation. You should be at the operating area hours before your surgery and meet with an anesthesiologist who will give you the sedation that is necessary.

During the operation

You should get accustomed to a team of medical practitioners in the room during the operation. They are there to assist the surgeon while performing the operation. Cataract surgery does not really give you pain and discomfort. It will take about 20 minutes to remove the hazy lens. What you will feel is a sensation of pressure coming from the specialized instruments used in the surgery. After the operation is done, you will be moved in the recovery room. Your surgeon will prescribe you with eye drops which you will need to consistently take for several days after the operation.

After the operation

After undergoing the surgery, you need to regularly visit your ophthalmologist within the next few days. Your physician will check on the progress of the healing of your eyes and prescribe to you further medications when needed.
After the operation, you will continue to use the eye drop prescribed by your doctor. This will protect the surgical area from inflammation and infection. After several days or within a week from the operation, you will notice that your vision will improve. When your vision stabilized, your doctor will prescribe you with the right eye glasses.

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