Statistics show cataracts affect more than 24.4 million Americans age 40 and older. Factors like aging or injury tamper with the eye lens, causing cloudy vision. Our ophthalmologist at Wyoming Center for Sight in Casper, WY, uses cutting-edge technology to perform surgery. We have compiled a list of a few things you should know about the procedure.
Early Diagnosis and Treatment
Most patients believe they must wait until the cataract matures to see an eye doctor for surgery. While that was the case in the past, technology has made it possible to perform this surgery early on. Getting the surgery when the cataract is immature shortens the length of the surgery and recovery. Some early signs of cataracts include blurry vision, being sensitive to light, and double vision in a single eye. When you notice these signs for early diagnosis, visit an eye doctor near me.
You can take comfort in the fact that cataract surgery is not painful. Usually, our ophthalmologist near me will use eye drops containing numbing medicine. You might feel slight stinging when our eye doctor first places the drops inside the eye. After that, you will only feel a touching sensation.
Our ophthalmologist will complete the cataract surgery within 10-20 minutes. Therefore, you can go home the same day. However, you can’t drive yourself home since the surgery requires anesthesia. Remember to make the necessary transportation arrangements for the day of the surgery. You should wait at least 24 hours to drive. Avoid driving long distances for the first week to avoid straining your eyes.
Cataract Surgery with Glaucoma
It is possible to get cataract surgery even if you have glaucoma. The procedure can sometimes lower the pressure in the eye. However, cataract surgery alone does not cure glaucoma. If you have serious glaucoma, our ophthalmologist might suggest a combination procedure combining cataract removal and glaucoma filtering.
Notice the Benefits Immediately
If you are like most people, you will notice improved vision immediately after our ophthalmologist completes the procedure. We will discuss side effects like light irritation. Typically, you can expect a full recovery in around three to four weeks. However, the recovery time varies depending on factors like age and severity.
Cataract Surgery in Casper
Our Wyoming Center for Sight in Casper, WY, ophthalmologist recommends avoiding aspirin or anti-clogging drugs before the surgery. You must also avoid alcoholic beverages at least 24 hours before the surgery. Call us at (307) 237-2511 to learn more about cataract surgery or to book an appointment. We would be happy to help you recover your eyesight.