Advanced Cataract Solutions
If you have been diagnosed with a cataract, you are in the right place! Summit Eye Care offers the most advanced technology to allow for the best possible outcomes. In doing so, several decisions will need to be made before proceeding.
Standard vs. Laser Cataract Surgery—Standard cataract surgery involves the surgeon making an incision, by hand, into the eye. After making the incision, a probe is used to emit ultrasound waves that soften and break up the lens into little pieces so they can be removed. Laser cataract surgery involves a laser making the incision into the eye. After this, a laser is used to soften and break up the lens. This results in less energy being emitted into the eye, thus lowering inflammation and decreasing recovery time. To help visualize the difference, please watch the video below.
After deciding to use Standard or Laser, a decision must be made to determine what type of lens will be inserted into the eye.
- Monofocal lenses—this type of lens has the same power throughout the entire lens. Most patients that have a monofocal lens inserted into their eye will require eyeglasses for distance and near vision tasks.
- Toric lenses—this type of lens helps to correct for astigmatism. A toric lens helps to decrease dependency on glasses for distance vision, but may require glasses for near tasks.
- Multifocal lenses—this type of lens is similar to bifocal eyeglasses. Several areas of the lens have different powers, which allow individuals to see clearly at far, intermediate and near distances.
What to Expect After Cataract Surgery
Although cataract surgery is performed in an outpatient setting, you will need someone to drive you home. You may need help for a few days secondary to limitations on bending and lifting.
It is normal to feel itching and some mild discomfort after cataract surgery. You may also have temporary tearing and be sensitive to light. Avoid rubbing or pressing on your eye. Try not to bend from the waist to pick up objects on the floor and no heavy lifting. You can walk, climb stairs and do light household chores.
Several eye drops will be prescribed to help facilitate the healing process. During this healing process, your eye health and vision will need to be monitored.
Once your eyes have healed, your eye care physician will evaluate if you need eyeglasses or contact lenses for optimum vision. Most people need to wear glasses after cataract surgery, at least for some activities.
If you did not receive a multifocal lens implant, you will also need a lens prescription for reading and close work. This may be reading glasses, bifocal, or progressive lenses.
Following cataract surgery, you will still need regular eye and vision exams to monitor your eye health and vision.