Before cataract surgery, a patient’s vision can be severely impaired by cataracts. Unlike other vision impairments, which distort refraction and can be corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses, cataracts obstruct the proper refraction of light and can cause near blindness. Because of this, severe cases of cataracts require surgery to eliminate symptoms and correct the condition. Cataract surgery is necessary when the lens of the eye becomes cloudy and obscured. If vision loss is severe, cataract surgery is the best way to regain lost vision. Though surgery should always be the option of last resort for the treatment of impaired vision, for patients that require such treatment, we aim to provide superb cataract surgery results. Patients turn to our experienced team of eye surgeons knowing that their needs will be met.
Cataract Surgery Results
When discussing cataract surgery results, there are two primary considerations: aftercare and vision improvement. Following doctor-recommended guidelines will help expedite post-surgery recovery and ensure positive results. Post-surgical vision should be vastly superior to untreated vision, though results will vary from patient to patient. After cataract surgery, vision will noticeably improve very quickly, although it can take up to 8 weeks for healing to be completed.
Aftercare and Recovery
There are minimal risks associated with cataract surgery, and recovery time is minimal. That being said, mild discomfort, including itchiness or slight but persistent pain, is possible following cataract surgery. Additionally, there may be some degree of fluid discharge, and the eyes will be sensitive to light and touch for a couple of days after treatment. To alleviate such discomfort and promote healing, medicating eye drops may be prescribed. During recovery, it is important to follow all instructions given to you by your cataract surgeon. Letting your eyes fully heal is the most important step when you are recovering from cataract surgery!
You will also be asked to abstain from tasks that require you to exert yourself, such as lifting heavy objects, and to avoid bending forward at the waist. Complications related to cataract surgery include infection, swelling, loss of vision, double vision, and pressure on the eye, but these are rare and can be avoided through expert care and precise planning. Typically, patients are able to return to normal activities within a couple of days; complete healing may require up to eight weeks.
If you suffer from a cataract (or two), and require surgery to correct the condition, you likely are experiencing severely compromised vision. Through cataract surgery and the use of intraocular lenses, your vision can be dramatically improved. Because a cataract is a clouding of the ocular lens, severe cases can’t be corrected through the use of eyeglasses or contact lenses. Cataract surgery with IOLs restores the clarity of vision that had been lost through the passage of time. The impact such improved vision can have on a person’s life is hard to qualify.
The National Institute of Health indicates that cataracts affect more than half of all people aged 80 or older, and is prevalent in people 60 years of age or older. Though a common and potentially debilitating visual impairment, it can be easily treated, and cataract surgery results are often superb. After cataract surgery, patients find that they are returned to the vision that they had twenty or more years before. Cataracts that cause severe vision loss don’t have to mean permanent vision loss. At SightMD, we have decades of combined experience treating visual disorders, and we can provide care of the highest quality to help improve your eyesight. Seek treatment today with one of our talented cataract surgeons!