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Drs. Fine, Hoffman & Sims Opthalmologists in Eugene Oregon

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 position.

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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.
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