Vickie experienced successful cataract surgery with the team at Ocala Eye. Any surgery can be a concern, but Vickie says, “After Dr. Ahmed explained the procedure and the surgery to me, I decided to go ahead and have it done. I’m so happy that I did.”
There are several steps to cataract surgery, which takes less than an hour and can be performed in an outpatient setting:
- The doctor will place numbing and dilation drops in the eye
- You may be given a sedative to help you relax and receive local anesthetics to numb the area
- The doctor will use a tool to hold your eye open and will remove the clouded lens
- The doctor will insert an artificial clear lens, called an intraocular lens (IOL) that is designed specifically for your eye
- You will be free to go home the same day, not even requiring stitches
After the procedure, you will notice your vision improving rapidly over the next 48 hours. You will also have frequent checks with your doctor to ensure that the eye is healing properly. Your doctor may have you wear an eye patch to keep the eye protected and prescribe eye drops and medication to prevent infection. Complete healing takes about eight weeks. If both eyes have cataracts, the doctor will do surgery on the first one, then wait a few weeks to repeat the procedure on the second eye.
Vickie describes her procedure as “relatively pain-free.” She came through her cataract surgery with flying colors, saying the staff at Ocala Eye were “absolutely wonderful.” Interestingly, Vickie finds herself enjoying an unexpected side effect of the surgery: “I can now see as well as I did when I was in my twenties,” she says. “There are no more glasses for me.”
Being able to see better than you have in years is a typical side effect of cataract surgery. That’s because your doctor will take very precise measurements for the placement of the IOL in your eye. There are many types of IOLs available that can correct vision in addition to giving you a clear lens to see through.
Having a brand-new refractive-corrective lens placed perfectly in the eyes may allow your vision to improve. It is very possible to correct refractive errors during this process, just like was done for Vickie. However, this isn’t always the case; every patient’s experience is unique. About one-half of cataract surgery patients may continue requiring corrective lenses.
Cataract surgery has additional benefits that might surprise you, such as better night vision. If you have cataracts, you may experience more glare from street or car lights. Clearer lenses without cataracts can eliminate this problem. Brighter, crisper colors are also a benefit of cataract surgery, as cataract clouding can also make you see the world with a yellowish tint.
Vickie is just one of the patients this year that benefited from cataract surgery with Ocala Eye. “They’re very professional, very efficient, and very forward in their treatment of patients,” she says. “I would highly recommend Ocala Eye.”