Why cataract surgery is not as scary as you might think

Dec 7, 2020 | Cataracts

Cataract surgery is a procedure that will replace the cloudy lens inside of your eye with an artificial one. This is a common operation, with a very high success rate. We know that a lot of people are worried about having any sort of procedure, but there really is no need to be. We will reveal everything you need to know below. 

What are cataracts?

When you’re young, your lenses are like clear glass, meaning we can see through them effectively. However, as we get older, they start to become more frosted, and this can cause our vision to be impaired. Cataracts, therefore, is when the lens of the eye is impacted because cloudy patches start to occur. As cataracts get worse and worse over time, it makes sense to have cataracts surgery so that you can improve your vision and you don’t have to worry about cataracts impacting your quality of life.

Understanding what happens during cataract surgery

A lot of people are scared about having cataract surgery. This is understandable. After all, when having any sort of operation or procedure, it is only right to feel a bit nervous. However, there really is no need to worry when it comes to this type of surgery. It is a straightforward procedure, which has an excellent success rate. Plus, it only tends to take between 30 and 45 minutes, so it will be over with quickly. 

Cataract surgery is typically carried out as same-day surgery. Local anesthetic will be used to ensure that you are comfortable throughout, and you will be able to go home on the same day.

Throughout the procedure, the surgeon will make a very small cut in your eye so that he or she can take the cloudy lens away and replace it with a plastic, clear one. You will be able to choose whether you want an accommodating lens, which will enable the eye to focus on both distant and near objects, or whether you would prefer a multifocal lens. We will be able to explain both options to you in full and make our recommendations on the best option for you.

If you have cataracts in both of your eyes, you will need to have two operations. They will typically be carried out between 6 and 12 weeks apart. Again, this is something we will be able to organize with you during your consultation. However, it is imperative that your eye that is operated on first is given ample time to heal and for your vision to return in full before we treat the other eye.

Benefits of cataract surgery

Cataract surgery is beneficial because it will enable you to:

  • Tell the difference between colors
  • Look into bright lights and not see as much glare
  • See things in focus 

Am I a good candidate for cataract surgery?

Book a consultation with one of our experienced and reputable ophthalmic surgeons to figure out whether you are suitable for cataract surgery. They will run a thorough and full assessment to understand your appropriateness and the most effective course of treatment for you. If you are not deemed suitable for cataract surgery, they will advise you on another solution, taking your needs and lifestyle into account.

From colors appearing faded to issues with bright lights, there are numerous cataract symptoms. If any of these symptoms become apparent, you are advised to book an appointment with an ophthalmic consultant sooner rather than later. Cataracts will get progressively worse as time goes on and on, so there is no time to wait. 

Generally, you will be approved for cataract surgery if your eyes are otherwise in good condition and you do not possess any other sort of severe eye condition that is having an impact on your vision. While you wait for treatment, there are different approaches that may be able to assist, including magnifying lenses, anti-glare sunglasses, brighter lighting, and new glasses. 

Book a consultation

The only way to truly know if you are an appropriate candidate for cataract surgery is to book an appointment with an ophthalmic surgeon at our clinic. One of our experienced consultants will carry out an in-depth assessment to discover what treatment plan is right for your needs and lifestyle. They will answer any queries you have and talk you through what the operation to remove cataracts entails. The number you need is (614) 274-2020. We look forward to hearing from you.