A cataract procedure is one in which the natural lens becomes cloudy and needs to be removed and replaced. The cataract is surgically removed and then replaced with an intraocular lens. The lens works much like your natural lens, and you will no longer have the opalescent lens in your eye. Cataracts can happen due to a number of reasons, including age, as the fibers and proteins in your lens begin to break down. Genetic disorders can also be attributed to cataracts. If you have cataracts, you should consider having surgery to have them removed so you can be able to see properly again. Read on for what you can expect with a cataract procedure.
Complications Of Cataracts
Cataracts can cause a number of different issues with you being able to see properly. You may not be able to see at night as easily, and lights coming at you can cause issues for you. Your vision is more than likely compromised because of the cataract, which can be dangerous for you. Repairing cataracts may not treat your eye completely and give you back 100% of your vision, but it can repair it enough to give you back most of your vision.
Before you have your surgery, you should have all of your errands run, and your home in order, as you may not be able to do much for a few days after your surgery. You're going to want to have someone take you to your surgery and you may need help with things around your home after the surgery as well. Have someone lined up to help you and to be at your surgery. Right before your surgery, you may not be able to eat or drink anything, and you may also have to stop taking some of your medications as well. This is something you need to discuss with your optometrist and your family physician, as well as your other specialists about your medications and how to go about not taking them.
Your surgery is done as out-patient surgery and doesn't take long to have done. You will be given an eye patch to wear over your eye for a day or two after, then it will be removed after being inspected by your optometrist. You will then be able to remove the patch and you should see your vision improve after just a few days.
If you have cataracts, having surgery to remove the cataract lens is important to help enable you to see properly. Talk to your optometrist about this procedure and what to expect.