What is Laser Cataract Surgery?
With recent technological advancements in cataract surgery, surgeons now have options that allow patients to make informed decisions on how their cataracts will be removed. Patients can choose between Basic cataract surgery (not using laser or advanced lens implants) and Advanced Laser Refractive cataract surgery. To learn about laser cataract surgery, click here.
Can I use cataract surgery as an opportunity to reduce my need for glasses?
Yes. In many instances advanced lenses can be utilized to allow patients to reduce or eliminate their need for glasses. Not everyone is a candidate for the advanced lenses, but your surgeon will assess your vision and the health of your eye and discuss your options with you. If you would like to learn about these lenses click here.
What happens after surgery?
Thanks to the micro-incision technique, you will go home the same day as your cataract surgery, be able to watch TV that night, and resume light activities. Eye drops are prescribed to help prevent infection and swelling after surgery. Your surgeon will continue to monitor your progress during your post-operative appointments. If you need glasses, you will be fitted about 2-4 weeks after the procedure.
Do cataracts grow back?
Cataract surgery is a once-in-a-lifetime procedure. Cataracts do not grow back. However, in some patients, the membrane that is behind the cataract that holds the lens implant becomes cloudy after surgery. This is called “posterior capsule opacification” and can cause glare, sensitivity to lights and decreased vision. If this occurs, your cataract surgeon can usually restore your vision with a painless laser treatment. Please watch the video below to learn more.