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What to Expect Before, During, and After Cataract Surgery from Dr. Mark Hornfeld

A cataract is the gradual clouding of your eye’s lens as it ages. For some people, this clouding results in increasingly blurred vision that may lead to blindness if cataract surgery is not performed. If you suffer from cataracts, visit your ophthalmologist and familiarize yourself with this guide to cataract surgery.

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Before Surgery

Many patients first learn that they have a cataract when they report to their opthalmologist with minor symptoms of blurred vision or sensitivity to glare. If the vision loss worsens or the cataract begins to impede daily activities such as reading or driving, your eye doctor will likely recommend surgery. There is no way to prevent or reverse the damage caused by cataracts with medication. Fortunately, health insurance covers the procedure, and more than 98% of patients experience significant improvement.

During Surgery

Cataract surgery is not painful, and the entire procedure takes less than 20 to 30 minutes for most patients. First, your doctor will fully numb the eye area and administer sedatives if necessary. She will then remove the cloudy lens by using a microscope to operate through a tiny incision. Finally, a permanent artificial lens is inserted into the eye. In most cases, the natural lens is replaced with a permanent intraocular lens implant.

Unlike a contact lens, this lens implant does not need to be cleaned or replaced. The artificial lens molds to the eye and cannot be felt.

After Surgery

Most patients are able to walk around and resume regular daily activities almost immediately after the operation. Although vision is initially blurred, it will significantly improve by the end of the first week. Most people are able to resume work and exercise, although eyedrops are typically prescribed and used for several weeks after the procedure. This includes an antibiotic eyedrop to ward off infection as well an anti-inflammatory drop to expedite the recovery and healing process.

Blurred vision caused by cataracts can be surgically corrected by an experienced opthalmologist. Begin your path to clear eyesight today by calling the NYC Vista Laser Vision office of Dr. Mark Hornfeld at (212) 580-8881.