Cataracts are considered a gradual condition that patients often experience in older age. However, specific issues such as sun exposure, trauma to the eye, diabetes, and even certain medication usage can cause cataracts. If you are scheduled to undergo cataract surgery, you may have many questions. Our team at Eye Doctors of Arizona in Phoenix is ready to help you be well prepared for cataract surgery in our state-of-the-art facility.
What are cataracts?
Cataracts occur when a clouding on the lens of your eye obstructs your vision. You may notice that your vision looks hazy, almost like you're looking through a fogged-up window. Eventually, as cataracts worsen, your vision deteriorates. Seeing at night may become difficult. Patients often experience seeing halos around lights, among other issues. As it becomes more severe, contact surgery is the only solution.
What are the risks and side effects associated with laser cataract surgery?
There are always risks associated with any surgical procedure, cataract surgery included. With that being said, our doctors will do everything possible to ensure that you undergo the safest procedure without any side effects. We achieve this by providing thorough eye exams prior to the procedure, helping us create a comprehensive understanding of your eye health. This information greatly reduces the risk of any problem occurring due to surgery.
Does cataract surgery hurt?
While cataract surgery is considered generally painless, you may feel gentle pressure during surgery. However, we make it our goal to ensure you are as comfortable as possible during the entire procedure.
What is involved in preparing for cataract surgery?
Medical eye drops will be prescribed to you before your surgery date. You will need to use these eye drops four days prior to your procedure. The eye drops we prescribe will have no effect on your vision and are only used to control and prevent inflammation, pain, and infection. Following your surgery, you will continue to use these eye drops. You will also be given a pre and post-operative instruction sheet.
How soon can I resume my normal activities following surgery?
Patients notice vision improvement usually within the first 24 hours following cataract surgery. As soon as you begin to feel comfortable, you may resume driving and all of your other normal activities.
Contact Us for Eye Surgery from Our Phoenix Ophthalmologists
To schedule an appointment with our ophthalmologists here at Eye Doctors of Arizona in Phoenix, AZ, give our office a call today. We can provide the testing and treatment you need to maintain your vision. If surgery is the best treatment option for your cataracts, our team will ensure you receive professional eye care throughout the process. To learn more about how we can help you, visit us at our Downtown, North, or Biltmore location.