What To Expect When You Have Cataract Surgery
- Posted on: Feb 26 2015
Your ophthalmologist told you that you need to have cataract surgery to correct the blurriness developing in your eye. Here’s what to expect as you head in for this procedure.
A Minimally Invasive Procedure
Cataract surgery begins with a small incision in the eye. Through that incision, a trained professional will gather up the damaged lens that has been clouding your vision and remove them. A new lens, called an IOL, will be put in through that same incision.
This process takes only a few minutes and only one tiny incision. It’s very precise, and the surgery is minimally invasive. Since the eye is anesthetized during the procedure, you won’t feel any of this while it takes place.
An Eye Patch to Wear for a Few Days
After the surgery is complete, you will be given an eye patch to wear. Some are reusable, others may have to be replaced so you may need to purchase your own patches. The patch protects your eye as the small incision heals. You will need someone to drive you home after the procedure is complete.
Expect Some Discharge
Since the surgery is invasive, you can expect your eye to produce some discharge as it heals. The discharge should be minimal. If you notice blood, pressure, swelling, or significant pain during the healing process, call your ophthalmologist.
A Little Sensitivity and Discomfort
As your eye heals and adjusts, you may experience some discomfort like itching. The eye may also be sensitive to light or to touch for a few days. Be sure to follow the instructions of your ophthalmologist carefully to ensure proper and smooth healing. For example, take the eye drops prescribed in order to protect your eye from infection.
Have More Questions About Cataract Surgery? Contact Dr. Shammas
To learn more about how to keep your eyes healthy, we encourage you to contact us today and schedule an appointment. Our offices are located in Lynwood, Downey, La Habra and Whittier. We look forward to serving you.
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