What to Expect from Cataract Surgery
The goal of cataract surgery is to remove the cloudy, opaque natural lens in your eye and replace it with an artificial lens to restore your vision.
We offer multiple types of premium lens implants, each designed to improve a specific refractive disorder. During your cataract surgery consultation, Dr. Brooks will discuss which lens implant would best meet your vision needs. For example, if you have astigmatism, TORIC lenses can help correct this problem, reducing your dependence on glasses and contact lenses.
The Cataract Surgery Procedure
Cataract surgery only takes around 10 minutes from start to finish. You will be provided a sedative to help you relax, and then Dr. Brooks will apply a topical or local anesthesia to your eye. After making a tiny opening in your cornea, the cataract will be broken up and removed. You may feel some amount of pressure during the surgery, but you should not feel any pain or significant discomfort.
Once the cataract has been removed, Dr. Brooks will insert your lens implant through the opening. Again, this will be painless, and you will not feel the lens within your eye after it is placed. Dr. Brooks utilizes the “no stitch” cataract surgery technique.
After Cataract Surgery
It may take several days for your vision to noticeably improve after cataract surgery; this is normal, since your eye needs time to adjust to the new lens implant and to heal. You may experience symptoms such as:
- Blurry vision
- Dry eyes
- Red eyes
- General discomfort
All of these side effects should gradually resolve over time. Over-the-counter pain medication is usually sufficient for controlling any initial discomfort after the procedure. Most of our patients feel good enough to return to their normal activities the next day.
Dr. Brooks will follow up with you in the days and weeks after your cataract surgery to ensure your vision improvement is progressing normally. Although you should notice excellent vision improvement within a week, your final results may require a month or more of healing time.
If you have further questions about the cataract surgery process, please contact Brooks Eye Associates today or call (972) 403-1110 to schedule an appointment. We serve patients throughout Plano, Frisco, and Dallas, Texas.