When people consider the pros and cons of cataract treatment, they're often explicitly thinking of surgery. At Eye 1st Vision Center in Sandy Springs, we're happy to discuss options with our patients to find the right treatment for them. Cataract surgery is often the right solution, but you should understand the benefits and the possible issues that come with this procedure.
Cataract surgery might be one of the more invasive treatment options, but it's a relatively quick surgery that produces permanent results. The surgery takes around an hour to perform. Because it's an outpatient surgery, you can go home afterward.
During the procedure, your optometry surgeon will replace your eye's natural lens, allowing you to see better. You cannot feel or see this lens, and it will fuse to your eye over time. One of the significant perks of this surgery is that our optometrists can recommend the best lens (monofocal, multifocal, or toric) for your vision needs. This surgery also has an impressive 95% success rate.
Cataract surgery poses certain risks. You may need to stop taking medications prior to surgery, which could put your health at risk. After surgery, your eyes need to heal, and you'll have to wear an eye patch for several days. You might experience itching, discomfort, or pain during this process. Swelling and bleeding are also common side effects.
It takes about eight weeks to heal from cataract surgery fully. Your eyes will need to adjust to the new lenses after surgery, which can cause discomfort. Being able to see clearly might be difficult. However, this is only temporary. Occasionally, cataract surgery can have unintended side effects, such as:
It's essential to follow all instructions we provide you to optimize surgery success. If surgery isn't necessary for your cataracts, glasses or contact lenses can help. Our optometrists can recommend various treatment options that are right for you. If you want to know more about how we can treat your cataracts, contact our professional staff at Eye 1st Vision Center in Sandy Springs today.