When you have cataracts, you’ll notice changes and disturbances in your vision. Some of the most common symptoms of cataracts include:
👁 Blurred vision
👁 Trouble seeing at night
👁 Colors appear less vivid
👁 Sensitivity to light and glare
👁 Halos around lights
👁 Double vision
Although most people associate cataracts with aging, cataracts can also be diagnosed at birth
There are a few different techniques used to perform cataract surgery, but what they all have in common is that the lens of the affected eye is removed and replaced with an artificial transplant called an intraocular lens, or IOL. Most patients receive a monofocal lens, as these are most likely to be covered by insurance, but there are other options available including toric lenses to correct astigmatism, multifocal implants for correction of both distance and near vision minimizing the need for glasses.
Cataract surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. If you have cataracts in both of your eyes, you’ll have a separate surgery for each of them, usually a few weeks apart. While you’ll be awake during the surgery, you won’t experience any pain, as your eye will be numbed. The surgery typically takes 30 minutes or less.
We’ll provide you with detailed aftercare instructions to follow after your procedure, but most people are able to return to work after a day or two, assuming they don’t experience any complications. You’ll want to avoid strenuous activities and bending for at least a week..