Cataract removal surgery is one of the most common eye surgeries performed and has a high success rate.
WHEN TO CONSIDER CATARACT SURGERY
A cataract only needs to be removed if vision loss is interfering with your daily life. If it causes problems with driving or reading, then you should consider surgery. You and your eye specialist at Melrose House can make this decision together.
WHAT DOES CATARACT SURGERY ENTAIL?
Cataract surgery involves removing the clouded lens and replacing it with a clear artificial lens, called an intraocular lens. Pre-operatively the internal dimensions of your eye will be measured so that the required intraocular lens power can be accurately calculated.
Cataract surgery is a low-risk procedure done on an outpatient basis. This means you won't need to stay in the hospital after surgery. You will remain awake during the surgery as eye drops are used to numb the eye for surgery. Your ophthalmologist will remove the clouded lens before the artificial lens is put into place. This will become a permanent part of the eye.
You can go home immediately after surgery. If you need cataract surgery in both eyes, the second cataract surgery is usually done separately once the first eye has settled. You should be able to return to your regular routine within a day or two of surgery.