How Do We Treat Cataracts?
At Riverside EyeCare Professionals, we utilize the latest advances in cataract surgery to safely and effectively remove cataracts. Our board-certified Ophthalmologist, Dr. Michael Sumsion, has made cataract surgery a special focus of his practice, and is committed to helping you restore your vision and lifestyle. During your initial consultation and eye evaluation, Dr. Sumsion will discuss the procedure, explain all your options and answer any of your questions about cataract surgery.
What Can I Expect During Cataract Surgery?
Cataract surgery is typically performed in our surgery center as an outpatient procedure. Prior to surgery, Dr. Sumsion will apply a topical anesthetic to your eyes in order to alleviate any discomfort. Additionally, he can also provide a mild sedative to put you at ease and relieve any anxieties you may be feeling. During surgery, a small incision will be made in the front of your eye. Dr. Sumsion will use special instruments to carefully remove the cataract and the eye’s natural lens. Dr. Sumsion will then place an intraocular lens implant (IOL) in your eye to replace your natural lens.
Due to the small size of the incision, the natural pressure of your eye will typically ensure that it seals without the need for any sutures.
Cataract surgery is performed one eye at a time. The other eye will generally be treated about two weeks later to ensure the first eye has had ample time to heal. The actual procedure can generally be completed in about 15-20 minutes, and most patients experience little to no discomfort throughout the entire operation.
What is an Intraocular Lens (IOL)?
Intraocular lens implants replace the natural lens of your eye and are designed to restore your vision after cataract removal. The degree of vision correction you achieve may vary depending on the type of IOL selected:
- Monofocal Lenses – These traditional lenses correct only for long distance vision.
- Multifocal Lenses – These advanced lenses can improve vision at any distance (TECNIS® Multifocal & Crystalens®).
- Toric Lenses – These lenses correct for astigmatism.
- TECNIS® Symfony Extended Range of Vision IOL – This state-of-the-art option combines the visual clarity of a monofocal lens with the extended range of a multifocal lens. Vision adjusts smoothly between distances for continuous quality vision.
Learn more about the variety of intraocular lenses we offer. During a consultation with Dr. Sumsion, he can explain the options that may be right for you.
What Can I Expect During Recovery from Cataract Surgery?
Recovery will vary per individual, but most patients are able to return home the same day following their procedures. You can expect to return to normal activities after about one to two days, but Dr. Sumsion typically recommends that you wear protective eyewear at night and utilize prescription eye drops in the days immediately following your surgery to aid in the healing process. Additionally, postoperative visits will be necessary to assess your healing progress. Dr. Sumsion will provide a postoperative schedule with you at the time of your surgery.
What Kind of Results Can I Expect After Cataract Surgery?
While some patients are able to see very well the day after surgery, vision typically starts improving within a few days following surgery. Vision generally starts off blurry and gradually improves as your eye heals and acclimates to its new lens. Once both eyes have been treated and you are healed completely, Dr. Sumsion can thoroughly assess the quality of your vision and make any required adjustments to your vision prescription. In many cases, cataract removal and the addition of an advanced multifocal IOL that is well suited to one’s vision needs can significantly reduce reliance on glasses. Occasional use of reading glasses may be necessary, but not all patients require them.
Cataract Surgery Overview
The procedure: Cataract surgery generally takes about 15-20 minutes per eye. During the procedure, the cataract will be carefully removed and an IOL will be inserted to replace the natural lens and improve vision. An anesthetic and possibly a mild sedative will also be used to alleviate any discomfort or anxieties.
Who will perform the surgery?: Dr. Michael Sumsion performs all cataract surgeries at our on-site surgical suite.
What about recovery?: Recovery is typically minimal. You will need to return to our office periodically for postoperative visits, but many patients are able to return to their daily routines about one to two days following cataract surgery.
Results: Cataract surgery can greatly improve the clarity of your vision and help restore your lifestyle. You can expect to experience a noticeable improvement in vision in the days following your surgery.