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Get a Clear Picture of Cataract Surgery

Every year, thousands of people are diagnosed with cataracts. Though this common eye disease can severely impair vision, the silver lining is that a streamlined procedure can halt that progress. The speed at which cataracts worsen varies from person to person and the decision to undergo cataract removal surgery can usually be made without a great sense of urgency. This alleviates the stress that a person may feel in deciding on the timing of their procedure.

In our experience, most people with cataracts have a lot to look forward to when they choose to undergo surgery. Initially, though, we expect at least a few questions. One of the most common is what might occur during recovery from cataract removal surgery. Cataract removal is a procedure that our ophthalmologists perform frequently. For this reason, we understand the importance of preparing each person for their journey to better sight.

Cataract removal is performed on an outpatient basis, meaning the patient does not have to be admitted to the hospital. Most procedures are performed using local anesthesia; numbing eye drops are inserted just before surgery begins. This form of anesthesia is extremely safe and effective. For optimal comfort, a mild sedative may also be administered. Even with the combination of medications, patients are not “under” during their procedure. They are awake but adequately relaxed. The entire process of replacing the clouded lens may take no more than 15 to 20 minutes in many cases. After surgery, the patient may remain in the office for approximately 30 minutes, where we can observe them as anesthesia wears off.

Post-Treatment Guidelines

Cataract removal surgery is uncomplicated. Patients typically do not encounter significant side effects after their procedure. We do suggest that activities remain limited for a few days while initial healing takes place. During the short recovery period, it is possible to move freely around the house and take short walks outdoors. The few guidelines that are typically recommended include:

  • Apply eye drops as recommended to reduce soreness, redness, and dryness.
  • Avoid pressing on or rubbing the eyes as they heal.
  • Do not wear makeup for the first several days of recovery.
  • Refrain from using a hot tub or swimming pool for 7 to 10 days after surgery.
  • Wear sunglasses when outdoors to prevent irritation from dust or wind.
  • Postpone housecleaning for at least one week following surgery so as not to stir up dust.

We are happy to answer your questions about cataract removal surgery. Call our Albany office at 518.475.1515 for friendly assistance.

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