Cataract Surgery: What You Need to Know

Posted on Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 by Dr. Binoy Jani

Cataract surgery has saved and improved the eyesight of a countless number of individuals over the years. Thankfully, blurred eyesight from cataracts is no longer considered an accepted part of aging, but is fully treatable and has been for many years.

Even though cataract surgery has become commonplace, the technology continues to evolve and improve. If you’re using other cataract surgery patients as your source of information, you may be receiving information that is out of date and no longer valid. Just as with other types of medical procedures, the process and the possibilities related to cataract surgery change rapidly in our fast-paced world.

Multi-focal Cataract Correction

It used to be that cataract surgery for near-sighted individuals would mean that they no longer needed glasses for distance but instead would need reading glasses for close work like reading or computer use. This is no longer the only option for cataract vision correction. The intraocular lens implants (IOLs) used to replace the cataracts are now available in versions that provide corrected vision for both distance and close-up, as well as the range in between. There is even an IOL option for correcting astigmatism.

These IOLs are an upgrade from the standard lens implant and are becoming increasingly popular among our patients. For most patients, these premium IOLs mean living without glasses, something they haven’t been able to do for decades.

Cataract Surgery Recovery

Cataract surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure. Patients seldom experience any pain with the surgery and are able to go home with just an eye patch and eye drops. Surgeries on the two eyes are generally done about two weeks apart and vision improvements can be noticeable almost immediately. If you have been experiencing blurred vision due to cataracts, call us to schedule your cataract surgery consultation.