Cataract surgery is performed under local anesthesia and is an outpatient procedure. The cloudy lens is removed from the eye using a microscope, micro-surgical instruments, and ultrasound technology. Lasers can also assist with the removal of cataracts. The removed cataract is replaced by a permanent intraocular lens implant that restores the focusing power of the eye. Multi-focal, mono-focal and astigmatic lenses are available. Ask your a Chattanooga Eye Institute Representative to explain the differences and help you with the decision.
In approximately one-fifth of all patients who have cataract surgery the natural capsule that supports the intraocular lens implant becomes cloudy. In these cases, a YAG laser is used to open the cloudy capsule and restore clear vision.
Cataract surgery is a highly successful procedure, resulting in improved vision in more than 90% of all cases, unless there are other problems found with the cornea, retina, or optic nerve. More than 1.4 million people have cataract surgery in the United States each year. However, it is important to remember, as with any surgery, complications can occur, and a positive result cannot be guaranteed.
As with any eye problem, please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your situation.
After Your Cataract Surgery
-Following surgery, you may resume normal non-strenuous activity. Do not lift anything heavier then 25 pounds for one week. Do not lift anything over 50 pounds for one month.
-Tape the eye shield over your eye each night for 2 weeks following surgery. This is to protect the eye from pressure and rubbing. Sleep on your back or on the side opposite the healing eye.
-Be extremely careful not to rub the eye for 2 weeks.
-You may take baths and wash your hair immediately. If you get something in your eye while bathing, simply wash your eye with antibiotic drops.
- Reading , writing, and watching TV are permitted immediately following surgery.
-Use a cotton ball moistened with water to cleanse your eyelids of any crusting and discharge. This may occur each morning for at least one week following the surgery.
-Use dark sunglasses in bright sunlight.
-You may resume driving when you feel comfortable with your vision.
-Resume any regular medications you are taking when you return home from the hospital.