Cataract surgery is quick and painless. Patients hear that statement regularly and doctors assume it provides all the reassurance they need. To be sure, there is something to be said about a procedure that can be performed in a short time. A fast treatment suggests little risk and downtime. But we don’t want to trivialize […]Read More
Laser cataract and refractive lens procedures are safe and painless, and usually have little downtime. Vision may be “foggy” for the first day or so, but most people can resume the majority of their daily activities almost immediately. In fact, people are usually able to get back to work within a few days! We ask […]Read More
I still work 5 days a week, and I don’t want to take too much time off. How long is the downtime after cataract surgery?
Cataract and refractive lens surgery are two ways to permanently correct your vision. Both treatments replace the natural lens with one that can free you from reading and distance glasses. The procedures are fast – typically lasting 10 minutes or less per eye – and there is little downtime. Most patients start seeing better within […]Read More
I had cataract surgery in another country, and I am unhappy with my vision. I was told by other doctors that the lens is ‘acrylic’ and cannot be removed. Is this true?
Did you know that intraocular lens implants (IOLs) can be replaced? While the intent of cataract surgery is to remove the natural lens and insert a permanent IOL, circumstances may arise where a different IOL would be desirable. Examples include: the visual result after surgery not being what was expected; or a better type of […]Read More
I was recently diagnosed with cataracts, but I’m only 56 years old. Should I wait until I get a little older before I have the surgery?
While nobody wants to live with cataracts, some people are so frightened by the prospect of surgery that they would rather let their vision deteriorate. Others believe that their cataracts have to “ripen” before they can be removed, or that they must wait until their doctor tells them the cataracts are bad enough. This can […]Read More
Choosing a cataract surgeon can be a daunting task. With all the new and exciting technological advances in cataract surgery, there are a multitude of options available to improve your vision, and it is important that you have the opportunity to learn about them as well as to know what options might be best for […]Read More
I had cataract surgery performed somewhere else and I am unhappy with my vision.” “is there anything that can be done to improve my vision without using glasses or contact lenses?
Although cataract surgery can vastly improve one’s vision, its primary goal is to remove the “fog” and visual side effects caused by a clouded lens. A potential benefit of the procedure is that the surgeon may also be able to decrease your need for glasses, but despite his/her best efforts it does not always work […]Read More
Macular degeneration is a condition where the retina (the film of the eye) no longer works as it should. It results in varying degrees of central vision loss – what is needed for fine details such as recognizing faces or reading fine print, for example. Although there are treatments available to slow the progress of […]Read More
Intraocular lens implants (IOLs) are made from materials such as acrylic or silicone that are biocompatible. This means that they do not react with the body or produce allergic reactions. IOLs have been around since the late 1940s and were the first devices to be implanted in the body. Unlike natural lenses, IOLs do not […]Read More
While cataracts generally become visually frustrating to most people by their mid-seventies, more subtle vision changes can begin in your fifties. Glare from lights making driving more uncomfortable, the need for brighter lights to read, and a general feeling that your vision “is just not as good as it used to be”, are all signs […]Read More