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Frequently asked questions

Cataract Surgery

Considering Cataract Surgery? Read further to find out if you are a suitable candidate.

Am I a suitable candidate for Cataract surgery?

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The main criteria to consider is if you are diagnosed with a visually significant cataract condition, and you are noticing decreased night vision, impaired depth perception, and increased color distortion.

Secondly, if you are suffering from myopia, presbyopia, or astigmatism, approach your doctor for medical advice about the procedure.

Can my eye reject the IOL lens implant?

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No, given the intraocular lens is not made of human tissue, your body can’t reject it.

How is RLE surgery different from Cataract surgery?

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RLE surgery and Cataract surgery are essentially the same procedure. In both instances, the natural lens of your eye is removed through a small incision made in the cornea and lens capsule of your eye and replaced by an artificial lens that is designed to remain permanently.

The only true difference is that RLE is a completely elective procedure to decrease dependence on glasses.  Whereas removing the cataract in Cataract surgery is due to medical reasons and there isn’t any other procedure to treat cataract.

How long is the recovery time for cataract patients?

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The recovery time is 4 weeks in total after the surgery, during that time you will use eye drops and need to be more careful with your activity level. However, you can continue your daily activities from the day after surgery. Our doctors do not prescribe a leave of absence unless you work in a risky environment (heavy dust, contact sports, risk of being hit in the head or lifting heavy objects). Neuroadaptation after cataract surgery with monofocal lenses is usually several weeks, in the case of trifocal lenses the adaptation is usually longer.

Is my cataract mature enough to receive surgery?

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Cataract surgery is an elective procedure, however once cataracts affect your quality of life or cause difficulty with daily activities, or hobbies it may be time to consider having them removed. Furthermore, it is advisable to not delay the surgery, as the risks increase with the more severe the cataract becomes.

What are lens replacement options?

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Patients have some options regarding cataract lens replacements. Monofocal IOLs correct vision in one range only: either near or far distance. Multifocal (Trifocal) IOLs, on the other hand, improve sight in multiple distances.

What are the risks and side effects of Cataract surgery?

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As with any surgery, there are certain risks. Inflammation or infection are typical risks; however, the risks are relatively low and often outweigh the benefits resulting in high patient satisfaction.

Side effects are minimal. Most patients experience some temporary blurring for a few days and can also expect increased light sensitivity for a few weeks. These side effects tend to diminish over time. Depending upon the lens used, you may experience halos or rings around lights and glare at night. These side effects may make it more difficult to see while driving at night or to complete tasks in a room with low lighting.

Will lens implant need to be replaced in the future?

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No, the intraocular lens implant will remain in your eye permanently for your lifetime. However, in rare cases, the implant may be exchanged.

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