What to Expect
After your personal cataract consultation with one of our experts, your personal surgical counselors will make all the arrangements for your surgery and answer any additional questions you may have regarding the surgical process. Next, you will undergo several tests and measurements that will allow your doctor to select the right lens implant to your individual needs. A physical exam by a physician assistant will complete pre-surgical care.
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One of the team members from The Eye Institute of West Florida will call you to schedule your surgery appointment time. They will provide information on when you should arrive at The Largo Ambulatory Surgery Center (LASC) and pre-operative instructions.
Day of Cataract Surgery
Once you arrive at LASC and get checked in, your eye will be numbed with anesthetic eye drops. We will lie you down on a comfortable, movable bed where you will be given medication to help you relax. Your eye will be dilated and you will be brought in to an operating room where a painless incision of less than 2mm will be made in the clear cornea of the eye by your surgeon or a laser.
Once the incision is made, the cataract is broken into microscopic particles using ultrasonic waves and then gently removed from the eye (phacoemulsification process). Then the lens selected especially for you is implanted to replace the natural lens. If you have astigmatism (irregularity in the shape of the eye) it too can be treated during surgery to ensure better vision without glasses. The incision is usually self-sealing so that no stitches are needed. There is generally no pain and no patch and you can return home immediately.
After Cataract Surgery
The next day your surgeon will check your post-operative eye. Then it’s back to living life and doing all the things you enjoy – from playing golf or driving – without restriction and with reduced dependence on glasses
You will need to avoid rubbing or pressing on your eye. It’s normal to feel itching and mild discomfort for a couple of days after surgery. You may use artificial tears as needed for comfort along with your prescribed medication. Be sure to wait at least 2-5 minutes between using drops to ensure proper absorption. You may use soft tissue or cotton balls to gently clean your eyelids. Your doctor will prescribe medications to prevent infection and control eye pressure. After a couple of days, all discomfort should disappear. Often, complete healing occurs within eight weeks.