Cataract eye surgery is extremely common. It is designed to remove cataracts from the eyes. If you have cataracts, your vision might be blurred. When you look at lights, you may feel like there is a halo going around the lights or around your eyes. Depending on the severity of the cataract, it can negatively impact your ability to carry out normal activities. When your cataracts get to this point, our doctor may recommend cataract eye surgery.
Once you inform one of our doctors that your cataracts are making it difficult for you to go about daily activities, he will begin to monitor and treat your eye. He might also be interested in issues that are connected to cataracts, such as macular degeneration or eye problems connected to diabetes.
It is important to note that just because you have cataracts does not mean you will need cataract eye surgery right away. Typically, the surgery is only performed when the cataract has grown big enough to severely impact the vision. Smaller cataracts do tend to grow larger, however, so let our doctors know if you are experiencing symptoms such as hazy or blurry vision, light sensitivity or fading colors.
When deciding whether you need cataract eye surgery, consider how much your vision impacts everyday activities like watching TV, driving, cooking or going to work. Basically, once your vision problems make it so that you cannot live an independent life, then you need to get help for your cataracts.
Preparing for cataract surgery is pretty straightforward. We will be with you every step of the way while you prepare. Before performing the actual procedure, our doctor will examine your eyes to determine what size your lens implant should be.
You may be asked to use antibiotic eye drops a day or two prior to the surgery. These are designed to minimize the chance of infection after the surgery. In the vast majority of cases, cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure. You won’t be able to drive right away, so you will need to bring someone with you who can drive you back home.
These are just a few steps you may have to take prior to undergoing cataract eye surgery. During your initial appointment, we will help you learn everything you need to know about preparing for the procedure. At Live Oak Ophthalmology, both Dr. Hester and Dr. Groat have the expertise needed to provide you with comprehensive and personalized eye care. If you are in the Wilmington area and believe you may need cataract eye surgery, contact us today to schedule your first appointment.