Cataract surgery is usually done as an outpatient in a surgical center or hospital. The actual surgery only takes about 10 minutes, and the entire process typically takes just a few hours from start to finish.
An IV is started to give you some medicine so you are sedated. Your ophthalmologist will make a very small incision (which usually requires no stitches to close) in the eye and remove the cataract. A lens implant is then inserted into the eye which will focus light on the retina.
Bladeless Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery
Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery is the most advanced cataract surgery technique available today. The surgery is totally bladeless, giving surgeons increased accuracy and the ability to correct astigmatism. Plus, the laser’s real time 3D imaging, when combined with our surgeon’s expertise, results in a truly customized cataract procedure. When paired with advanced technology options, the precision of laser cataract surgery can dramatically improve your vision and lifestyle! Although insurance covers the cost of cataract surgery with a monofocal lens, they do not cover the additional fees associated with the advanced technology options performed with the laser. Patients must meet certain requirements to be considered a candidate.
What to expect after cataract surgery
After your cataract surgery, you will rest for a short time before going home. You will return to Eye Physicians of Central Florida within 24 hours so that your surgeon can examine your eye. Most patients require eye drops for about three weeks after surgery to prevent infection and inflammation. For the first few days after surgery, you may also need to wear a protective shield to prevent you from rubbing your eye, especially at night when you are sleeping. You can continue most daily activities but should avoid strenuous activities until your ophthalmologist says you may resume them. Your doctor will also tell you when you can begin driving.