If you watched our first Five on Friday Facebook Live event, you would have heard answers to a number of questions about cataracts from Ophthalmologist Vipul Shah, MD. However, he didn’t have time to answer all of them. So, if you missed the live event, or just want a refresher, you can watch the video below. When you're done with that, read on for answers to the additional questions we received.
Cataract surgery is an uncomplicated, straightforward procedure. Generally, your doctor will make a minor incision in your eye. A small ultrasound probe will break up and remove your cataracts, and a new lens will be placed in your eye. Stitches are usually not required, and a bandage or patch will be placed over your eye to protect it afterward.
Some physicians also use lasers in cataract care. Femto Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery, or FLACS, reduces the astigmatism by relaxing the cornea at a precise depth, length, and orientation. The Femto Laser also replaces many of the steps during cataract surgery that require a blade – making this a bladeless procedure – and softens the cataract, allowing for an easier and smoother removal.
Cataract surgery only takes about 15 minutes. While some people report clear vision after a few hours, it’s not uncommon for patients to take a week or two to fully regain their vision.
There is a variety of options for intraocular lens implants used to restore patients' vision. These implants are placed during the cataract procedure. Options may include implants that correct for distance, intermediate and near vision as well as astigmatism.
Make sure to visit our Facebook page at 12:30 p.m. on June 29, when ENT doctor Christopher Tebbit, MD, will answer your questions about pediatric ENT care.
This blog is for informational purposes only. For specific medical questions, please consult your physician. If you have cataracts and would like to make an appointment with Dr. Shah or any of CEENTA’s ophthalmologists, call 704-295-3000. You can also schedule an appointment online or through myCEENTAchart.
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When you develop cataracts, your lifestyle can change dramatically. Sometimes, they can affect many of your body's other functions.