The Cataract Surgery Process
There are three main steps to the cataract surgery process:
- Choosing a premium lens implant – After a comprehensive eye exam, Dr. Brooks will discuss your premium lens implant options in detail and recommend the specific type of lens that he believes would best meet your needs. As an experienced cataract surgeon, Dr. Brooks is familiar with nearly every intraocular lens (IOL) on the market and can help you understand the benefits and drawbacks of each in relation to your refractive disorders.
- The procedure – The cataract surgery procedure itself only takes 20 to 30 minutes to complete. Dr. Brooks will provide you with a sedative to help you relax, and apply topical anesthesia to your eye. He will then make a small incision in the cornea to break up and remove your natural lens, removing the cataract in the process. Your new lens will be inserted through the opening; once it is placed, you will not feel it within your eye. Since the incision in the cornea is so small, no stitches are required to help it heal.
- Recovery – After cataract surgery, you may need to wait a few days for your vision to noticeably improve. Otherwise, recovery from the procedure is usually fast; most of our patients can return to their normal daily activities within 24 hours. You may notice a gritty or itchy feeling in your eyes. This is normal, and you should avoid rubbing your eyes. Dr. Brooks may prescribe you with antibiotic eye drops to help protect your eyes while they heal.
We will guide you through each stage of the cataract surgery process, from start to finish. In the days and weeks after your procedure, Dr. Brooks will closely follow up with you to make sure your eyes are healing normally, and your vision is improving as it should.
If you have further questions about cataract surgery, please contact Brooks Eye Associates today or call (972) 737-1181 to schedule an appointment with our board-certified Dallas cataract surgeon Dr. Dain Brooks. We serve patients in Plano, Frisco, and surrounding areas of Dallas, Texas.