What to Expect
What to Expect the Day of Surgery
Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure that will only take about 10 minutes to perform. On the day of surgery, you will arrive at the surgery center about an hour prior to your surgery time. Nurses greet you and prepare you for your surgical experience. You are able to stay in your own clothes and you will receive sedation to keep you comfortable. We make sure that you are comfortable and relaxed before we move into the operating room.
During surgery, your surgeon will remove your cataract with an advanced technique called phaco-emulsification, or small-incision cataract surgery. After applying a local anesthetic, a tiny incision of about 1/8″ is made in the front part of the eye. The cataract is then broken into microscopic particles using high-energy sound waves and gently suctioned from the eye. Then, to compensate for the removal of the eye’s natural lens, an intra-ocular lens (IOL) is implanted into the eye. This type of incision is self-healing and stronger, and remains tightly sealed by the natural outward pressure within your eye.
Patients now have the option of choosing a computer-controlled, bladeless cataract laser to take of the most critical steps of the cataract surgery procedure. The LenSx laser is the most technologically advanced option for cataract patients today. Like the Wavefront laser, a custom map is made of your eye which means the cataract surgery procedure is 100% customized. The LenSx laser uses integrated optical coherence tomography (OCT) which captures precise, hi-resolution images of your eyes. The LenSx laser uses a femtosecond laser to make the corneal incisions, break apart the cloudy cataract lens and creates a perfect size capsulotomy.
After cataract surgery, patients return home the very same day and are able to see right away. They begin postoperative eye drops to avoid inflammation or infection. Our patients regain their vision quickly and are able to return to normal activity in a few days. There is little to no pain in almost all cataract surgery cases.
According to a survey conducted by the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, more than 98% of cataract patients had their vision successfully improved after cataract surgery. Many patients experience vision that is actually better than before they developed cataracts.
Once removed, cataracts will not grow back. However, some patients may experience clouding of a thin tissue called the capsule or “bag” that holds the intra-ocular lens (IOL). If this occurs, a laser is used to painlessly open the clouded capsule and restore clear vision.