Cataract Surgery – Everything You Need To Know

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Cataract Surgery – Everything You Need To Know
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Considering of getting cataract surgery? We've got everything you need to know about the procedure itself, and what you can expect for the period following it. First, let us calm you down by saying that a typical cataract surgery is a commonly performed procedure which tends to be non-complex and fairly quick. The typical cataract procedure shouldn't take more than 15 minutes, and the preparation for the surgery shouldn't take long either. But before jumping right in, let's understand what cataracts are all about from a physical perspective, to get a good notion of what is being done at a cataract surgery.

What is A Cataract?

A cataract is a dense, cloudy area that forms in the lens of the eye. A cataract begins when proteins in the eye form clumps that prevent the lens from sending clear images to the retina, which is the part of the eye that is responsible for absorbing light signals and transmitting them to the brain so that they're translated into an image. Cataracts are fairly common – about half of the Americans aged 80 and above have had cataracts or had a procedure to eliminate cataracts.

What Should You Expect From a Cataract Surgery?

Cataract surgery is a procedure to remove the lens of your eye and, in most cases, replace it with an artificial lens. The new lens should help you restore the clear vision you had before the cataracts appeared. As mentioned before, a typical cataract surgery shouldn't take a lot longer than 15 minutes. However, if you need both of the eyes to be operated, it is usually done in two subsequent procedures, with two to three weeks apart. The overall process from the moment of arrival at the clinic should last about 90 minutes. Make sure you have a ride home, as driving would be impossible.

Is It Normal To Have Poor Vision After Cataract Surgery?

The answer is yes. Halos around lights after cataract surgery is something that is often reported by many patients. Usually, it shouldn't last more than a few days, and your normal vision should be reinstated by then. However, in some cases, this could last up to weeks, months, and in rare cases, even years. If this type of condition continues, it is strongly recommended to check in with your doctor so you can get the best treatment and not have this condition neglected or even worsened.

Is It Possible To Exercise After Cataract Surgery?

Another frequently asked question regarding the post cataract surgery routine concerns whether it is possible to continue working out as normal. The straight forward answer to that says that usually, you should be able to go back to light activity within a few days to week after cataract surgery. Stretching, light walking and anything that doesn't involve heavy lifting and lowering your head should probably be acceptable after two days already. More intense types of workout are usually only allowed after a few weeks from surgery. As always, it is best to consult with your doctor on this.