It started with cloudy vision and ended with a diagnosis. You have cataracts. As soon as you found out, your mind filled with various questions. Check out some common questions and answers so you will know more about your condition.
Can I wear contacts after cataract surgery?
This is a common question. People typically think they have to stop wearing contacts after cataract surgery, but that’s not necessary. As long as the contacts feel comfortable in your eyes, you can wear them. You will need to wait until your eyes heal before putting them in, though. Talk to your UCLA doctor to find out how long you will need to wait after surgery.
Should I get new glasses after surgery?
If you wear glasses now, you may need them after surgery as well. However, your prescription will likely change since you will be able to see better. Schedule an appointment with the eye doctor so you can get an exam. Then, you can get fitted for glasses that work with your new prescription. If you chose a premium IOL for your cataract surgery, your vision will be greatly improved. You will definitely need a new prescription, and in some cases, you may not need glasses or contact lenses at all.
I have cataracts in both eyes. Do I need surgery in both eyes?
It’s not uncommon to get cataracts in both eyes. However, the cataracts probably aren’t the same size. You likely have one advanced cataract that interferes with your vision and one small cataract that doesn’t. Your eye surgeon needs to examine your eyes to determine if both need to be removed or if one can wait. If only one is interfering with your vision, your surgeon will likely recommend that you only get it removed for now. Then, the surgeon will monitor the other cataract and operate on it when it is time.
What should I expect during surgery?
Cataract surgery is a quick and painless process. You will be given something to relax you, as well as numbing medication for the eye or eyes. Your surgeon will dilate your pupil, remove the cataract-affected lens, and replace it with a new one. Then, you will get a patch for your eye and go home to rest. You’ll need to stay away from digital screens for the day while your eye rests. You will come back for a follow-up appointment and undergo an examination within a day or two. At that point, the patch will likely be taken off your eye.
What lens should I choose for the surgery?
You will need to choose between a monofocal or multifocal lens. The monofocal lens is the gold standard in the Western world, but the multifocal lens is gaining in popularity. If you go with that option, you might not have to wear glasses or contacts anymore. However, it does come with some side effects, such as halos and a loss of contrasts. It is important to weigh the pros and cons of each with your eye doctor before choosing a lens.
These are just some of the common questions. If you have additional questions regarding cataract surgery, don’t hesitate to reach out to our Los Angeles, California eye care clinic. We are here to help you along the way as you seek cataract treatment. From providing in-depth examinations to going over your surgery options, we are available every step of the way.