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About Cataract Surgery

Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery has existed in this world for over a century, but it is the recent innovations in technology that have transformed this into a very safe procedure with a very high level of patient satisfaction. Nowadays advanced artificial intraocular lenses have allowed patients to recover more youthful eyesight. Instead of dealing with glasses after surgery some patients may have the choice to upgrade to a new premium type of lens that will enable vision at multiple distances. In addition to the new lens implants available, less invasive surgery techniques have come to fruition to enable much faster healing.

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Cataract Surgery Choices

Once you have decided to have cataract surgery you will have a number of important decisions to make. The first item on the agenda is to select a skilled cataract surgeon. At Capitol Eye Care, Drs. Lewis, Luetkemeyer and Tally utilize the most up to date surgery techniques available to maximize the chances our patients enjoy a safe procedure and improved vision. Once you have selected a cataract surgeon it is time to select which lens implant option will be the best for you. It’s important to discuss your options with a qualified ophthalmologist. Your options will include monofocal lenses, multifocal IOL’s or accommodating lens implants, and Toric implants for the correction of astigmatism.


The Cataract Surgery Process

We generally ask our patients to start antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eye drops the day prior to surgery in order to reduce the changes of infection and inflammation. On the day of surgery, you will need to have an empty stomach and you will need a driver to get you home. Although the surgery itself may only take 15 minutes or less, you should plan on being at the surgery center for about 2 hours or so to allow for preparation and a brief recovery. You will be given relaxing medications so as to make the procedure as comfortable as possible. Cataract surgery is not painful!

With the cataract removed and the IOL in place, light can once again travel unimpeded to the back of the eye and properly focused on the retina where the image is interpreted and transmitted to the brain. The end result is more clear youthful vision. Also, Premium lens implants are now available for insertion after cataract removal and can enable better vision at near, intermediate and far distances.