Common Cataract Questions
If you have just found out that you need to have cataract surgery you probably have a lot of questions and are not sure what to expect. At the Center for Ophthalmology we are here to answer your questions. We recommend you schedule a cataract evaluation with Dr. Loeffler so he can discuss your options with you.
Would lens replacement be best for me?
Lens replacement is recommended for individuals over the age of 45, who have problems with both near and distance vision. If you are not a good candidate for LASIK, then the replacement IOL can give you the best vision for your needs.
What are the risks of lens replacement surgery?
Dr. Loeffler will discuss the possible risks of lens replacement prior to surgery. Although the risk of this type of surgery is low, patients may experience infection, reaction to medications, increase in eye pressure, and vision changes. In rare instances, vision may worsen after surgery. Patients are advised to carefully read the informed consent for additional information.
How is the procedure performed?
Lens replacement is performed at an outpatient facility, usually under local anesthetic. Prior to surgery your eyes will be measured to determine the prescription strength IOL needed to correct your vision.
Drops are also placed in the eyes to dilate the pupil, after which a tiny cut is made on the surface of the eye. An ultrasound tool is then used to break up the cloudy lens in the eye. The lens fall in a lens capsule, which is a thin sac of tissue. A tube is then used to remove the broken pieces from the eye. The IOL is then inserted into the lens capsule via the tiny incision.
After surgery, your eye will be covered with a shield to protect it. You will have a short stay in the recovery area before going home. A post-op visit is required the next day, so you should plan to have someone drive you to the appointment. Full recovery takes 2 to 6 weeks, but you will notice a gradual improvement in your vision over the next 30 days.
Are there any side effects of this procedure?
Some of the common side effects associated with lens replacement include an itchy or sticky eye, as well as sensitivity to bright light. Patients may also experience blurred vision, see halos around lights, and have difficulty driving at night. These issues usually clear as time passes.
Should I have a 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. Loeffler your work, activity, driving and hobby considerations so that he can recommend the optimal lens implant for you.