Cataracts often develop slowly, but surgery to remove the clouded lens is the only effective treatment once cataracts begin to impair vision. Click HERE to understand more about cataracts and their causes. You may be a candidate for cataract surgery if you:
During cataract surgery your eye surgeon will remove your eye’s cloudy natural lens. Then he or she will replace it with an artificial lens. This new lens is called an intraocular lens (IOL) or lens implant. When you decide to have cataract surgery, your surgeon will talk with you about your lens implant options and how they work. The procedure is performed on one eye at a time, so you can expect to have separate surgery dates for each eye usually two weeks apart.
The 1st step is scheduling a consultation at Ohio Ophthalmology with Dr.Reddy. She will review your symptoms and perform a thorough evaluation to determine if you are a good candidate for surgery. If cataract surgery is the right choice, you will undergo simple testing in the office and together you can decide on what type of intraocular lens implant will be right for you. Next, you will meet with the surgery scheduler to pick a date for your surgery. Dr. Reddy is currently performing cataract surgery at Fairfield Medical Center- Riverview Surgery Center.
The team at Ohio Ophthalmology will give you instructions for the days leading up to surgery, which may include using eye drops. You will also need to arrange for a friend or family member to drive you to and from the surgery.
For the first week after your cataract surgery with Dr. Reddy, you need to take it easy. You need to limit the blood pressure to your face, so anything strenuous is completely off-limits. You can take easy walks.
From there, we’ll give you an idea of the timeframe for different activities. It’s important to avoid strenuous activities or heavy lifting for a few weeks to be sure your eye fully heals. You’ll have a follow-up within a few days after your surgery, so your surgeon can see how well you are progressing then. You’ll be cleared to drive at this time, or possibly earlier.
Any swimming will need to wait for about one month. It’s also a good idea to avoid getting dust or debris in your eyes; this minimizes the risk of infection.
Cataract surgery is the most successful surgery performed across the world. It takes just a few minutes, doesn’t involve a difficult recovery, and is immensely rewarding for the patient. This surgery is incredibly common — over half the population will develop cataracts at some point in their lives. Complications are very rare, and if any of these happen, they can usually be successfully treated. These are the risks: