You have cataracts and they are starting to interfere with your day-to-day life. You are afraid that if you don’t get them removed, you could have a serious problem on your hands. Before you go in for your surgery, it’s important to learn what to expect. That way, you can prepare for your surgery and ensure that everything goes without a hitch.
Choose Your Lens
Before you go into surgery, your eye surgeon will ask you what type of lens that you want to get. While you have a ton of options, they fall into three main categories.
Monofocal lenses are the most common, and they are typically the only option covered by insurance. These lenses have a single focusing distance, so people often need to get corrective lenses after their cataract surgery. They can also get LASIK if they want to improve their vision after the surgery is over.
Multifocal lenses focus on objects up close and far away. Your brain will learn how to choose the right zone inside of the lens so you can see without corrective lenses.
Astigmatism-correcting lenses are also an option. If you suffer from astigmatism, these lenses could be the key to getting rid of your corrective lenses.
Schedule a Driver
Cataract surgery is so quick and easy that many people think they can drive home after without any issues. However, you will be given a mild sedative during the procedure, and you will have an eye patch on, making driving home after the procedure dangerous. So, make sure you line up a driver for the way home!
You will need to come for a follow-up the next day, but your eye doctor will likely clear you to drive to that appointment. If you do require a driver for that appointment, that should be the last time you need one.
Don’t Put Pressure on Your Eyes
You will be amazed by how good you feel after your cataract surgery. In fact, you will feel so good that you will be ready to jump right into your daily life without any changes.
You might feel like a new person, but you do need to be careful. You should avoid putting extra pressure on your eyes during the healing process. You may feel the urge, but do not rub your eyes!
Cover Your Eyes
Limiting the pressure you put on your eyes is just one of the ways you will protect yourself after the surgery. You also need to cover your eyes when you sleep. Some doctors only make patients do this for a couple of days, while others suggest doing it for a couple of months. Talk to your eye surgeon to find out how long you need to keep your eyes covered after the surgery. The longer they are covered, the longer they will be protected from debris and other items during the night.
Gathering information is the first step in preparing for cataract surgery. Once you know what to expect before and after surgery, it will be much easier to take the leap. You will also get more confidence after you speak with your cataract surgeon. Call UCLA to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled cataract surgeons!