Cataract FAQs

1.    Once a cataract is removed, does it grow back?

No, the cataract does not grow back.  However, some patients develop a condition called Posterior capsule opacity (PCO), one of the most common conditions after cataract surgery.  PCO can be easily treated in office with a simple and painless laser procedure called YAG. Your doctor at Cataract Vision Institute will be with you every step of the way and advise you if this laser procedure is needed during a follow up appointment.

2.    I am diabetic, can I have cataract surgery?

In general, it is possible for diabetic patients to undergo cataract surgery. Your doctor will evaluate your specific condition and needs prior to determining if you are a candidate for surgery.

3.    Will I still need glasses after surgery?

Depending on the type of replacement lens you and your doctor choose for your treatment, you may be less dependent on glasses after the surgery. Individual results will vary, and some patients may still need glasses for reading and driving at night. Please consult with your surgeon and team of doctors at Cataract Vision Institute about the best option for you.

4.    Can both eyes be done at the same time?

Surgery is usually done one eye at a time. Cataract surgery can generally be performed on the second eye one or two weeks after the first eye.  Your surgeon will let you know if this is an option for you.

5.    How long will the replacement lenses last?

Replacement lenses are not know to 'wear out'. Assuming your eye is normal and healthy, the replacement lenses should last your entire lifetime. 

6.    What is the recovery time?

Vision can be expected to be blurry right after the surgery but many patients are amazed at how well they can see just 24 hours after their procedure. Most people are comfortable with their daily routines with the improvement in vision within the first few week; however, everyone heals at a different rate and can respond differently to the lens and the surgery. It will take your eyes and your brain some time to adapt to your new vision, so be patient. The Cataract Vision Institute will work with you at each step to help you achieve your best possible vision.