Thanks to advancements in medicine, cataract surgery is one of the safest and most successful procedures done today. Cataract surgery is performed when your quality of vision affects your quality of life. When you are unable to enjoy daily routine activities, such as driving, watching television, or reading, due to cataracts, it may be time to consider cataract surgery. Houston cataract surgeons Dr. Marc Sanders and Dr. Andrew Salem and their team at Diagnostic Eye Center can help you get the quality of information you need and to make that decision.
During cataract surgery, the cataract (the clouded natural lens) is replaced with an artificial lens implant called an intraocular lens (or IOL). Patients are given mild sedation through an IV, and eye drops are used to numb the eye. Most patients experience no pain. Very tiny incisions are made on the front part of the eye that seal without stitches. These incisions are made either by a small blade or by a femtosecond laser. The cataract is removed using a procedure called phacoemulsification, which involves an ultrasonic probe that dissolves the cataract. After the cataract is removed, an intraocular lens implant is placed inside the eye. This implant focuses light coming into the eye so that patients do not need thick glasses after cataract surgery.
Following cataract surgery, patients use antibiotic and anti-inflammatory drops for about four weeks. Strenuous activity should be avoided for one week, but most patients return to a desk job the day after surgery.
As with any surgery, complications and side effects can occur. Fortunately, the rate of complications from cataract surgery is very low. Your surgeon will discuss possible complications and side effects with you at the time of your consultation. Call the Diagnostic Eye Center's Houston cataract center today to schedule your comprehensive eye exam and to find out if cataract surgery is right for you.