“What is involved in the recovery of cataract surgery?”

“What is involved in the recovery of cataract surgery?”

Cataract surgery is one of the safest medical procedures.  And with the advent of the femtosecond laser, it has become more accurate and the recovery is quicker than ever before.  In fact, over 90% of patients at SightTrust Eye Institute opt to have both eyes treated on the same day in order to speed up their recovery!  Despite the amazing results that modern laser cataract surgery provides – including the potential of freedom from glasses for both distance and reading – there is a healin...

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“Are there any alternatives to cataract surgery?”

“Are there any alternatives to cataract surgery?”

Cataracts are an inevitable part of life.  They usually begin developing in the 50s, and if we live long enough we will ultimately need them removed.  Fortunately, cataract surgery is an amazing procedure:  we can replace the “worn out” lens with an implant that can provide excellent distance and reading vision without the need for glasses!  There is no alternative to having cataract surgery, aside from wearing glasses and “muddling through” the poor vision.  But once the procedure ...

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“What are my options if I have astigmatism?”

“What are my options if I have astigmatism?”

Cataract surgery is one of the most successful procedures.  It has become so precise over the years that it is now being used as a method to permanently correct vision.  People with nearsightedness, farsightedness, and/or presbyopia (the need to wear reading glasses) can have this procedure as an alternative to laser vision correction – even if they don’t have cataracts!  There is one other visual condition that patients often believe cannot be treated with cataract surgery, called astigm...

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“How Long Does Cataract and Lens Replacement Surgery Take?”

“How Long Does Cataract and Lens Replacement Surgery Take?”

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 cataract and lens surgery.  This is a vision- and life-changing procedure that can permanently eliminate your need for glasses, and requires state-of-the-art technolog...

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“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?”

“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 IOL becomes available years after the original surgery.  It is not uncommon in my practice, for example, to meet patients who had surgery elsewhere and did not achieve...

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