How is Cataract Surgery Performed?
Cataract surgery is the only way to cure a cataract. Light or “Twilight” sedation is usually given by an anesthesiologist, and eye drops are used to numb they eye.
Your eye surgeon makes a small incision in the cornea (either with a laser or a blade) and then breaks up the cataract. This procedure is called phacoemulsification and requires an ultrasound device.
Next, an intraocular lens is implanted in the eye where the natural lens was located. 99% of the time, the incision is self-sealing, and Dr. Yomtoob does not need to use a stitch.
What is the postoperative care for cataract surgery?
The day after your cataract surgery, your eye specialist will examine your eye and a schedule for rechecks will be designed for you.
You will require eye drops for at least one month of your recovery period, but you should be able to resume most normal activities within a day or two. You should avoid strenuous activities and can return to work within a couple of days depending on your healing time, and the type of work you perform.
It can take up to one month for your vision to stabilize after cataract surgery. Once that happens, you may get new glasses or contacts if needed.
Your ophthalmologist will only do one eye at a time and the surgeries are usually scheduled within 2 to 4 weeks of each other.