CATARACTS PATIENT INSTRUCTIONS
Description of Procedure
The cataract surgery is performed on an outpatient basis at the Oregon
Eye Surgery Center. You will be able to go home after the cataract surgery,
but you will need to arrange for someone to drive you home and bring
you back the next day for a follow-up visit.
Sometimes general anesthesia is recommended: if you are especially
frightened and don't wish to stay awake during the procedure; if there
is a chance you might not be able to hold still; or if you have severe
claustrophobia and cannot tolerate having your face covered during surgery.
Children always need to have general anesthesia.
An ultrasonic probe, which vibrates 40,000 times per second, is used
to break up a cataract into tiny microscopic pieces which are emulsified
and gently aspirated out of the eye. This method of cataract removal
is considered the least traumatic to the eye.
A specially designed injector, much like a syringe, is used to implant
the foldable intraocular lens. The injector is inserted through the
clear corneal incision, over the iris, and into the center of the pupil.
There, the lens is slowly ejected where it expands and unfolds into
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Commonly Asked Questions:
How soon after surgery will I see well?
If you have an intraocular lens (IOL) implanted during surgery, normal
vision should be restored within a few weeks.
Will I still need my glasses or contacts?
Many people need a change in their eyeglass prescription following cataract
surgery. Some will only need glasses for reading, and some may find
they need glasses only rarely or not at all (especially with multifocal
or accommodating lenses).
Will my insurance cover cataract surgery?
Most health care coverage plans do cover cataract surgery. Find out
if your coverage plan requires a referral or prior authorization.
out more about it here.