Cataract Surgery: What to Expect Before, During, and After

Cataract Surgery: What to Expect Before, During, and After

Cataract Surgery: What to Expect Before, During, and After

Cataract Surgery: What to Expect Before, During, and After

Cataract surgery is a standard and safe procedure to remove cloudy lenses from the eye and replace them with artificial lenses. The surgery usually occurs on an outpatient basis and takes about 30 minutes to complete.


Before the Surgery


Your eye doctor will perform a full eye exam before the procedure to confirm if you have cataracts. The assessment will determine if you are a good candidate for surgery. In addition, your eye specialist will undertake tests to assess the size and shape of your eye and the power of the artificial lens. They will ask you to refrain from wearing contact lenses for a time prior to the procedure.


Day of the Surgery


You will arrive at the surgical center a few hours before the scheduled day of the surgery. Your doctor will administer dilation eye drops, as well as anesthetic eye drops, to numb the eye during surgery.


You will be lying on your back during the surgery, and the physician will create a little incision in front of your eye. He or she will next use an ultrasonic instrument to break apart and remove the hazy lens. The doctor will attach the artificial lens after removing the cataract.


After the Surgery


Your physician will transport you to a recovery area for brief observation. The physician will give you protective eyewear and instruct you on how to administer eye drops for several weeks to aid in the healing of the eye. You will also be instructed on proper eye care at home. After a few days, you can resume your routine activities.


Recovery Period


In the first few days following surgery, light sensitivity and an itching sensation in the eye may develop. You may notice blurred or hazy vision for a few days. It is crucial to stick to your surgeon's postoperative instructions and utilize the recommended eye drops as directed.


Recurring Appointments


You will need to schedule follow-up consultations with your eye doctor to ensure the operation was successful and to monitor your recovery. Your doctor will examine how the wound is healing along, the intraocular pressure, and the sharpness of your eyesight. These appointments will occur in the weeks and months following the surgical procedure.


Possible Risks and Complications


Cataract surgery is safe, but as with any surgery, there are some risks. Some of these are infection, bleeding, inflammation, and the lens coming loose. Patients may also get retinal detachment or other problems but very rarely. Before the surgery, your doctor will talk to you about the possible risks and problems. He or she will tell you how to lessen the risk.


Long-term Results


Cataract surgery is highly successful, with most patients experiencing better eyesight. The artificial lens used during the surgery can also correct other vision problems.




Understanding the cataract surgery process, recovery time, and possible risks and complications is essential. Regular follow-up appointments with your eye doctor are crucial to ensure a successful outcome and long-term results.


For more on cataract surgery, visit Reeve Woods Eye Center at our Chico, California office. Call (530) 317-EYES to schedule an appointment today.

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