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What to Expect From Cataract Surgery

What to Expect From Cataract Surgery

Cataracts are a very common eye condition in older adults. They occur when the lens in one or both eyes become cloudy.

According to the National Eye Institute, about half of Caucasian Americans have cataracts by age 75. And by age 80, about 70% of white-skinned people in the United States have cataracts. Black and Hispanic Americans develop cataracts at lower rates than whites. Although individuals may be born with cataracts or develop them at younger ages, the vast majority of cataract cases affect older people.

Cataract surgery is a safe, effective treatment for cataracts. At Advanced Laser & Eye Center of Arizona, home of MyEyesToday.com, our eye care providers have extensive experience performing successful cataract surgery. Here, we explain the condition and share some important information about what you can expect from cataract surgery.

How cataracts affect your vision

Cataracts can cause your vision to become blurry. They can also cause other symptoms, including:

When cataracts are in their earliest stages, you can usually manage symptoms through lifestyle changes, such as using brighter lights, updating your eyeglass prescription, and wearing anti-glare eyeglasses. However, when cataracts worsen, cataract surgery offers an excellent treatment option because it can eliminate frustrating symptoms.

What cataract surgery can do

Cataract surgery replaces the clouded lens in your eye with an artificial lens. Because your new lens is clearer, it allows you to see better and eliminates most or all of the symptoms caused by cataracts.

Cataract surgery is safe and effective. In fact, cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed surgeries in the U.S., according to the National Eye Institute. Advanced Laser & Eye Center of Arizona is among the most respected eye surgery centers in the state, and we offer our patients the latest, most advanced surgical techniques.

What to expect from surgery

Cataract surgery is a quick, painless, outpatient procedure. To prepare you for your surgery, your doctor uses a mild sedative and numbing eye drops. Your doctor then removes your clouded lens and replaces it with an artificial lens through a tiny incision in your eye.

Our specialists offer Zepto® robotic eye surgery for cataracts. This advanced technique uses high-frequency laser pulses that are quite gentle on your eye. Zepto surgery helps minimize the possibility of side effects such as swelling while paving the way for a fast, comfortable recovery.

After surgery, your vision improves within a couple of days. Your provider may prescribe several weeks of eyedrops to promote healing and prevent infection.

However, a type of surgery known as dropless cataract surgery reduces or eliminates the need for post-surgical drops. With this procedure, your doctor injects a mix of antibiotics and corticosteroids directly into your eye during surgery so you don't have to use drops during recovery.

In some cases, cataract surgery can reduce or eliminate your need for eyeglasses, because your new artificial lens may correct for common vision problems. During your surgical evaluation, your provider can explain which lens options are available to you based on your eye health and vision problems.

Expert care for cataracts

If you're experiencing symptoms of cataracts, we invite you to schedule an evaluation with our eye care specialists. Our offices are located in Gilbert, Chandler, and Queen Creek, Arizona. Book an appointment by calling the office nearest you or by using our online request tool.

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