The left image shows the visual quality in a patient before the development of cataract.
Typical visual impression in early (middle) and in advanced cataract (right)
Before the procedure
People often believe that a cataract must be in a highly advanced stage to be removed, but this isn’t true. When your eye care specialist sees signs of a cataract and you start to experience visual symptoms, you should ask about your options so that the cataract doesn’t infringe on your lifestyle.
If left untreated, the clouded area in your lens will continue to grow. The speed at which cataracts develop varies, but eventually your entire lens can become clouded, causing blindness.
The replacement lenses, known as intraocular lenses (IOLs), that you receive during cataract surgery depend on your lifestyle and your visual needs. Your surgeon will make a recommendation, but it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with multifocal lenses, astigmatism-correcting lenses, and monofocal lenses so you can have an informed discussion about your options.
Yes. Your surgeon will offer you medication to help you relax and take steps to make sure you don’t feel any pain.
The procedure typically lasts between 15 and 30 minutes, though it may be two to three hours from when you check in until you leave your surgeon’s office.
Eye make-up can contain particles and bacteria (particularly eyeliner and mascara) so we stop them three days prior to surgery and week after.
Continue all eye medications through the day before your surgery. Do not use eye medications in the eye to be operated on the day of surgery. Eye drops for the fellow eye should be continued as usual.