When is Cataract Surgery Necessary?

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At Vision Care Specialists we strive to be on the cutting edge of eye care in Denver. To achieve this goal we have always focused on using the latest and best technology. Our laser cataract technology makes us the only private surgeon group offering this type of treatment in the Denver metropolitan area. If you have cataracts, keep reading to learn more about treatment and recovery.

About Cataract Surgery

Laser Cataract surgery differs from traditional methods in that the use of lasers greatly increases accuracy, allowing for a more precise cataract removal and lens replacement, decreases the possibility of infection, and can provide minor astigmatism correction. Cataract surgery in general involves the following process:

  • Before surgery, a patient is numbed with anesthesia and, if needed, given medication to help them relax.
  • A small cut is made to the front of the eye to allow access.
  • The cataract is broken up and removed from the eye with a suction device.
  • A replacement lens is inserted into the eye. This lens can be made of plastic, acrylic or silicone.
  • Lastly, the incision in the eye is closed.

Cataract removal is an outpatient procedure and does not require an overnight stay in the hospital. The surgery itself can be done in as little as 15 minutes, but the overall visit is far longer when prep time, paperwork, and other factors are taken into consideration.

When Cataract Surgery Becomes Necessary

Not everyone who has cataracts requires eye surgery. In some cases, vision may not be negatively impacted. Even in cases where cataracts are having a minor impact on vision, corrections such as glasses, magnifying glasses and better use of lighting can reduce negative impact.

However, in time, cataracts grow and further impede vision, making surgery a necessity. Symptoms such as diminished or blurred vision, glare with lights, double vision, or yellow-tinted vision are all signs that cataracts are having a severe impact and corrective surgery should be performed as soon as possible.

About Cataract Surgery Recovery

Recovery from cataract surgery is typically mild and takes a few weeks. Immediately after surgery you will not be able to operate a motor vehicle, so be sure to have a ride arranged. After a follow-up exam is performed the day after surgery, confirming a successful procedure, motor vehicle operation can resume.

During the recovery, protective eye shields are required while sleeping, and darkened glasses are required when awake to avoid direct sunlight and other bright light sources. Also, eye drops will have to applied several times daily.

Side effects include reddening, itching, soreness, blurry vision and occasionally discharge. While healing, you’ll be directed to avoid strenuous physical activity, heavy lifting and exposing your eyes to irritants such as dust a