Q: When should I have a cataract operation?
A: Most cataract surgery is elective. Optical Specialists recommend surgery when your vision falls to a level where your visual needs are impaired.
Q: Will I experience pain during or after surgery?
A: The surgery itself has no pain associated with it. Typically, there is minimal discomfort associated with the local anesthetic that the doctor administers at the beginning of the procedure. After the surgery, you may have a slight amount of discomfort and your eye may feel scratchy.
Q: How long will my eye be bandaged?
A: You may wear the patch and shield home from surgery. You will wear a shield over the operated eye at bedtime for a week.
Q: What restrictions will I have after surgery?
A: You may be up and about. Optical Specialists permit reading, writing and watching television. For the first two weeks, do not lift anything that weighs more than 25 pounds. You may resume sports, such as jogging and golf 2 weeks after surgery. Also, you may continue sexual relations 2 weeks after surgery, but take precautions against excessive straining. In general, you may resume a normal, active life without restrictions 2-4 weeks after surgery.
Q: Will I need glasses after cataract surgery?
A: For your best vision, you will often require glasses after cataract surgery. However, your doctor shouldn’t require thick cataract glasses or contacts lenses. This is because they place an implant in your eye, which replaces your natural lens. After your eye has healed, the doctor will have you visit your optometrist for a new refraction and glasses.