Cataract FAQs

When should I have cataract surgery? At what age should I consider the surgery?

When your vision starts to interfere with your daily activities or is less than the Department of Motor Vehicles limits for driving. Each situation is unique and should be evaluated individually. We have done cataract surgery on all ages – young adults, adults, the middle-aged, and the elderly.

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Will I need glasses after my cataract surgery?

That depends on the overall health of your eye and the lens selected by you and your surgeon. Most patients are less dependent on eyeglasses after cataract surgery.

Will the cataract come back?

No, it will not come back. The implant is made from a type of material that will not become cloudy as your natural lens did. It should last you the rest of your life as long as you have no injury or disease of the implanted eye.

What will my “down” time be?

On the day of surgery, it is imperative to rest the remainder of the day and to protect your eyes from water or injury for several weeks. It is normal for your eye to be slightly scratchy or irritated as the numbing medication wears off. If you experience severe pain, excessive bleeding, or a decrease in your vision please contact us at (239) 542–2020. Once your eye doctor releases you (from one week to one month after surgery), you can resume all your normal activities.

Can I have both eyes done at the same time?

We recommend the common practice of having one eye done at a time. Your eyes are one of your primary senses, so it is not advisable to have both eyes done on the same day. Most of our patients have the second eye done as soon as one week after the first eye.

Will I be asleep during surgery?

In most cases, you will be awake during surgery, but will be given medication to help you relax. Before your procedure, your surgeon will discuss with you whether or not you will be asleep.
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