Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is the most frequently performed procedure in North America. This outpatient procedure typically lasts only about 30 minutes. The procedure is performed under a powerful microscope and involves two parts: removing the cataract and inserting a new, clear intraocular lens (IOL) to replace the eye’s cloudy lens. By replacing the cataract with a lens with implant that has been specifically selected for you, your vision can be restored.

Surgery is usually done on only one eye at a time. Surgery can generally be performed on the second eye one or two weeks after the first eye.

While results typically vary for every patient, many patients find that after their cataract surgery they are less dependent on glasses and contact lenses. They can enjoy brighter colors, sharper images, and notice a reduction in glare from the sun or headlights when driving at night. Those who choose to replace their cloudy lens with a Premium IOL, may even experience better vision, both at far distance and up close, than they had before cataracts.

What to Expect on the Day of Cataract Surgery

On the day of your cataract surgery you can expect to have your eyes dilated and you will need someone to drive you home after surgery. Immediately following surgery, you will be given post-operative instructions for your recovery. Most post-operative instructions recommend that you go home and sleep in order to rest your eye, along with a schedule for using eye drops and other prescribed medications.  

If you have been diagnosed with cataracts, schedule an evaluation at Cataract Vision Institute to learn more about our vision correction options.  Our goal is to help you see more clearly.

Potential side effects & complications with Cataract Surgery

As with all surgeries, patients who have cataract surgery may also experience complications and side effects. Even though cataract surgery is one of the most common and successful surgical procedures performed today, some patients may experience some of the following:

  • Minor side effects may include redness, swelling, drooping eyelid, unequal pupil size, induced refractive error and posterior capsule opacification.
  • More severe complications may include infection, significant inflammation, displaced lens implant, detached retina, internal eye bleeding and vision loss.
  • Every patient’s likelihood of complications and side effects is unique and we encourage you to discuss this with your surgeon at Cataract Vision Institute prior to surgery.

Cataract surgery is a medical procedure with risks involved and isn’t right for everyone. Individual results will vary. Talk to your eye doctor and consider both benefits and risks before having your procedure.  All procedures performed by an independent surgeon. Additional information can be found at nei.nih.gov.