Frequently Asked Questions about Cataract Eye Surgery
Would lens replacement be best for me?
If you are over 45 years old, cataract eye surgery with lens replacement should be an option you consider along with contact lenses, glasses, and LASIK. Lens replacement provides a balanced distance and near vision solution, unlike blended vision with contacts or LASIK. It is the only permanent vision correction procedure that, through replacement of your natural lens, corrects near and distance vision issues.
What are the risks of lens replacement surgery?
As with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved. These risks may include infection, retinal detachment, an increase in eye pressure, reactions to medicines and vision changes. Dr. Liegner will discuss all risks and benefits with you before your surgery.
There is a small chance that your vision could be made worse by the operation, especially if bleeding or infection occur. These risks are rare and should be weighed against the potential benefits of restoring your vision. Please read the informed consent that will be provided to you for additional information.
How is the procedure performed?
Once you and Dr. Liegner have decided that you will have your lens replaced during cataract surgery, a complete eye health exam will be performed, and your eye will be measured to determine the proper power of the intraocular lens that will be placed in your eye.
Your cataract surgery procedure will be performed in an outpatient surgery center. You will be in the center for approximately three hours on surgery day. You will be given medications to relax you and numb your eyes. A local anesthetic will make the operation virtually painless.
The skin around your eye will be thoroughly cleansed, and sterile coverings will be placed around your head. Under an operating microscope, a small incision is made into the eye and your natural lens will be gently removed using an ultrasound instrument. The new lens will be placed in your eye through this same tiny incision. A stitch is occasionally needed to close this small incision.
When the operation is over, we will usually place a shield over your eye. After a short stay in the outpatient recovery area, you will be ready to go home. Plan to have someone drive you home. You will return to our office for a post-operative visit the next day. You will notice an improvement in your vision at that time which will continue to sharpen over the next 30 days.
Are there any side effects of this procedure?
Common side effects include redness, scratchiness to the eye, and light sensitivity. In addition, you may have glare, rings around lights, and blurred vision. These side effects may make it more difficult to see while driving at night or working in low light for a period of time after your procedure. These side effects generally resolve over time.
Should I have lens replacement in both eyes?
You will get the full benefit of a multifocal or accommodating IOL when it is implanted in both eyes. Please discuss with Dr. Liegner your work and hobby considerations so that he can recommend the optimal IOL for you.