Let’s Talk About Cataract Surgery: What to Expect

Continuing our June theme of Cataract Awareness Month, we thought we’d answer some common questions about the most effective proven treatment: cataract surgery.

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, recent data suggests that over 50% of Americans will have cataract surgery before age 75. At Atlantic Eye, we are committed to making our patients as comfortable and anxiety-free as possible, before, during, and after cataract surgery.

What happens before my surgery day?
Your Atlantic Eye surgeon will measure your eye to determine the proper focusing power for your intraocular lens (IOL) and discuss your vision goals. IOL technology has evolved so that patients become less dependent on eyeglasses, or are able to eliminate them entirely. You can learn more about IOL options at https://atlanticeye.com/2022/08/lens-implants-for-cataract-surgery-know-your-6-options/

You might be asked not to take some of your medicines before surgery, and to fast for a certain length of time before the scheduled surgery. You may be prescribed eye-drop medicines to start before surgery. These medicines help prevent infection and reduce swelling during and after surgery.

Will I feel pain during the surgery?
Your eye will be numbed with a local anesthetic so you will not feel pain. You may also be given medicine to help you relax.

How long will it take?
Cataract surgery involves breaking up and suctioning out your clouded lens (the cataract) and inserting a clear intraocular lens into the eye through a micro-incision. The actual procedure usually takes only minutes to complete, and after a rest in the recovery area, you’ll be ready to go home. For more detail, go to our website, https://atlanticeye.com/services/advanced-custom-cataract-surgery/

Will there be stitches in the eye?
Usually, your surgeon will not need to stitch the incisions closed. These “self-sealing” incisions will close by themselves over time. You’ll be given an eye shield and instructions for its use to protect the eye while it heals.

When will I be able to drive?
You will need someone to drive you home after your surgery, and to and from your check-up appointment the next day. At that time, your ophthalmologist will talk with you about how active you can be soon after surgery. They will tell you when you can safely exercise, drive, or do other activities again.

In our state-of-the-art Atlantic Eye surgical center, we perform advanced custom cataract surgery along with other eye surgeries. We will make sure you’re well-informed, relaxed, and confident before, during, and after your surgery.