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Cataract FAQs

What are cataracts?

A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s naturally clear lens. The lens becomes like a window that is frosted or yellowed. Cataracts are a common cause of vision loss, especially as we age, but they are treatable.

How are cataracts treated?

Once the Doctor has determined that the cataracts are affecting your vision and daily life he/she will recommend surgery.  Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure performed in an operating room at Thompson Hospital or Finger Lakes Surgery Center.  The Doctor will remove your eye’s natural lens and replace it with an intraocular lens implant. 

Is a laser used for Cataract surgery?

No.  The doctor will make a small incision and use ultrasound to break up and remove the affected natural lens.  The incision is self healing and does not require any sutures.

Can cataracts come back after surgery?

Once the natural lens inside the eye is replaced, cataracts cannot develop again.  However, scar tissue can develop around the new lens causing vision to become cloudy or blurry. The scar tissue can be taken care of in our office using a laser.

How long will I be in the hospital?

Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure.  You should plan on being at the hospital for approximately 2 hours the day of your surgery. The procedure itself lasts about 10-15 minutes.

Will I need someone to drive me home after surgery? When can I drive after surgery?

Yes, due to the use of anesthesia, the hospital will not release you after surgery without a driver present.  If you are comfortable with your vision you may drive the next day.

Will I need glasses after surgery?

This is different for everyone. Some people will only need reading glasses. Others may need a mild prescription for distance as well as reading glasses after surgery.

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