Cataract Surgery and the Older Patient

As we age, our vision changes. Small print is harder to read, minor vision issues become more pronounced and sometimes, we develop cataracts, or a clouding of the lenses resulting in blurred vision. Cataract surgery can help to restore your vision and reduce the visual difficulties that come with the lens of your eyes being clouded. At the Advanced Eye Center, we believe that patients suffering with cataracts should be informed of their treatment options, how to prepare for a necessary surgery and what to expect during this process.

How to Prepare

Dr. Ghosheh will meet with you one to two weeks prior to your cataract surgery to prep you for the procedure. The following are common preparation methods to expect:

  • Testing: A quick ultrasound will be performed to get the shape and size of your eye, ensuring that the right artificial lens is placed.
  • Eye drops: You will start using eye drops about 48 hours before the procedure to prevent infection.
  • Recovery information: Taking proper recovery steps is crucial for a smooth healing process. Dr. Ghosheh will prepare a thorough recovery plan for you.
  • Stopping medications: Medications that increase bleeding risk may have to be stopped a week or two before the procedure.
  • Fasting: In most cases, you must refrain from eating or drinking 12 hours before the procedure.

What to Expect on Surgery Day

You are typically awake, but sedated, for this procedure. Eye drops to dilate the pupil and an anesthetic are given to numb you. Then, Dr. Ghosheh will remove the cloudy lens of your eye and replace it with an artificial one, also known as an intraocular lens.

Possible Risks

Cataract surgery is a safe and effective procedure, and it is uncommon for people to experience complications. However, knowing potential risks is important. The following are potential complications after this surgery:

  • Inflammation
  • Bleeding
  • Infection

Recovering from Cataract Surgery

It can take up to 30 days to see the full visual results from your surgery. However, the main recovery time is during the first week and you will be restricted from things like driving and lifting. You will be given anti-inflammatory and antibiotic eye drops to use to promote healing and prevent infection.

Making Sure You’re Informed, Every Step of the Way

Dr. Ghosheh and his staff will ensure that you are thoroughly prepped and informed about your cataract surgery. Contact us and schedule your consultation if you are considering this procedure. We believe in delivering the best possible results in the safest manner for your vision and overall well-being.