Cataract surgery is a very safe procedure that removes the natural lens and replaces it with an artificial lens. Cataracts are known as cloudiness on the lens of the eye and are very common and can occur in one or both eyes.
Common symptoms of cataracts are:
- Cloudiness or blurriness that affects your vision
- Problematic night vision
- Double vision
- Nearsightedness (the ability to see things better when they are close up rather than far away)
- Halos or glares on bright lights
Cataract surgery is one of the most common outpatient procedures performed today and 90% of people who have cataract surgery see improvement in these eye conditions.
Are You a Good Candidate for Cataract Surgery?
Your Newsom Eye provider will likely recommend cataract surgery once you develop symptoms that begin to interfere with your sight and daily hobbies and lifestyle. If your cataracts are small and unnoticeable, your Newsom Eye provider may suggest a "watch and wait" approach instead. If your everyday activities — such as your ability to drive — are impacted, you may be a good candidate for surgery.
Before surgery, your doctor will use ultrasound to measure the shape of your eye. This will help determine which type of lens is best for you. Our team will also prescribe eye drops for use before surgery.
Cataract surgery does not require an overnight stay in a hospital — we perform all cataract procedures at our AAAHC accredited surgery centers in Sebring and Tampa. On the day of your surgery, you will need someone to drive you home, so it is important to make arrangements for a ride before your scheduled appointment. Pay close attention to any pre-op instructions your doctor gives you about food and drink.
What To Expect During the Procedure
Some people worry about being awake during cataract surgery. Don't be anxious! Before the procedure, your eye is numbed with a numbing drop called proparacaine, a drop commonly used in ophthalmology. Cataract surgery is a very quick procedure, only lasting a few minutes to remove the cataract from your eye and replace it with the new lens. If you have cataracts in both eyes, you'll have two different surgeries a few weeks apart. You'll rest for another half hour or so after surgery.
Artificial Lens Options
When you get an artificial lens, you want it to provide you with accurate vision that meets your occupation, hobbies and lifestyle. Our Newsom Eye team will discuss your options with you. Common lens types include:
- Monofocal lenses, which allow you to select a distance at which your eyesight will be at its maximum accuracy.
- Multifocal lenses, which can allow you to see well at different distances but may come with unwanted side effects in some people.
- Toric lenses, which help eliminate astigmatism.
- The Light Adjustable Lens (LAL) you can customize the prescription and your vision after surgery. After three or four lens adjustments, you'll typically be able to go without glasses.
- Extended depth-of-focus lenses, may be best for those who use the computer all day.
Recovery from cataract surgery is a fairly quick process. To prevent your incision from getting infected, you will need to use eye drops for a few days. However, you may be able to return to work in just a couple of days. Your doctor will tell you when you can drive again, which is typically only days after surgery.
Make an Appointment Today
Schedule a consultation at Newsom Eye to learn about the best customized cataract treatment plan for you. Our Newsom Eye team members will evaluate your cataracts and thoroughly go over the next steps with you. Experience the difference because You Deserve NEWSOM EYES!