Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Cataracts
Will cataract surgery give you 20/20 vision? When do you need cataract surgery? In this post, we’ll address some frequently asked questions (FAQ) about cataract surgery.
A cataract is a clouding, or haziness, of the lens of the eye. The lens helps focus light on the retina, the area at the back of the eye where images are formed. When the lens becomes cloudy, these images are less clear.
How do I know if I need cataract surgery?
If you have cataract symptoms, it might be time to consider cataract surgery. Symptoms can include:
- Blurry vision
- Trouble seeing well at night
- Glare or halos around objects
- Sensitivity to bright light
- Double vision
- Loss of color vision – Colors might look yellow, brownish, or faded.
- Needing a new glasses or contact lens prescription more often
Learn more about when to have cataract surgery.
How is cataract surgery done?
Cataract surgery is done at a surgery center. You can go home the same day. Doctors give you numbing eye drops and a light sedative to keep you relaxed and comfortable.
A cataract is removed through a tiny incision at the side of your eye. Then, an artificial lens (called an “intraocular lens” or IOL) is placed in your eye. Learn more about how cataract surgery is done.
What should I expect before and after surgery?
On the day of your cataract surgery, don’t eat or drink before the procedure. You arrive at the surgery center an hour or two before your surgery. Cataract surgery takes about 30 minutes, and most people go home about an hour later.
You should rest at home after your cataract surgery. The next day, your doctor will check the eye. Most people recover in a few days.
How will having cataract surgery affect my golf game? When can I play golf after cataract surgery?
How cataract surgery affects golf and other activities depends on the type of intraocular lens, or IOL, you choose. Before surgery, your doctor will talk with you about what type of IOL is best for you. For example, if you want to play golf without glasses, you can choose an IOL that gives you good distance vision.
After cataract surgery, your eye doctor will tell you when you can play golf or do other activities. Most people are back to an active lifestyle within two weeks.
What will my vision be like after surgery? Will I see 20/20?
Your vision after cataract surgery depends on:
- How advanced your cataracts were
- What type of intraocular lens, or IOL, you chose
- Whether you have other eye conditions that affect your vision
- How quickly your eyes heal
After cataract surgery, many people see better almost immediately. For example, colors might look brighter than before. If you chose an IOL for distance vision, you might see objects at a distance more clearly. Or it might take time to get used to your IOL.
If you have another eye condition, you might not notice as much improvement after surgery as someone who only has cataracts. Talk to your doctor about how well you can expect to see after surgery.
What type of glasses will I need after surgery?
That depends on the type of intraocular lens, or IOL, you choose. If your IOL gives good vision far away, you’ll probably need reading glasses to see close up. If your IOL gives good close vision, you might need glasses to see objects at a distance. People with astigmatism might need glasses if they don’t get an IOL that corrects it.
What if I don’t get cataract surgery?
Cataracts usually get worse slowly. With time, your vision will get more blurred and objects might look brownish. With advanced cataracts, you might lose the ability to see blue and purple.
Talk to your doctor about what will happen if you don’t have cataract surgery. Make an appointment with a doctor at Oregon Eye Specialists.
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