How my Physician Will Treat my Cataract
Surgery is performed in a fully-accredited outpatient surgery center. Patients need not expect to stay at the surgery center for more than a couple of hours. Prior to surgery, patients are given a relaxant to enhance calmness. Patients do not have to remain under anesthesia and should neither see nor feel any part of the surgery. Through a micro-incision, the cataract is dissolved and removed from the eye using ultrasound technology. The cataract is then replaced with a foldable lens implant through the original micro-incision. The incision is self-healing and heals without stitches.
Recovery Time Since no eye patch is used, the eye can be used for vision immediately after surgery. Because the pupil will still be dilated after surgery, your eyesight may be somewhat blurry but will gradually improve over the next few days. After a short stay in the outpatient recovery area, you will be ready to go home. You are required to have someone drive you home and you should plan to have a responsible adult remain with you for a few hours following surgery.
For Patients with Both Glaucoma and Cataracts
iStent Trabecular Micro-Bypass stent is a new, FDA-approved surgical therapy that can significantly reduce eye pressure to help prevent vision loss. The iStent is placed in the eye during cataract surgery for the reduction of intraocular pressure (IOP) in adult patients with mild to moderate open-angle glaucoma.