The following are answers to frequently asked questions provided to help you better understand the cataract eye surgery procedures offered at our practice locations.
- Is there an age limit for cataract surgery?
- Many cataract surgery patients visiting our offices worry that they may be too old for the procedure; however, with new technological advances almost all patients meet the criteria for these outpatient surgeries. We have operated on many patients over the age of 100!
- Do I need clearance from a regular physician to have cataract surgery?
- Yes, an overall evaluation of your health and some routine physical test are required prior to cataract surgery. Our surgical coordinator will provide you with the necessary forms that need to be filled out by your physician. If you do not have a physician, our staff will assist you in finding a doctor close to your home.
- How do you determine which IOL will be most effective?
- Since each patient’s vision is different, a measurement must be taken to determine the length of the eye and the curvature of the cornea. Advanced mathematical formulas are used to the calculate the optimal IOL.
- Will I need glasses after cataract surgery?
- While patients having standard or toric IOLs implanted for distance vision will still need to wear reading glasses after surgery, many patients can experience clear vision at all distances using the multifocal IOLs. Your surgeon can tell you if you are a candidate for this specialty type of lens.
- What are the risks of cataract surgery?
- Cataract surgery, like any surgical procedure, carries with it the potential for risks and complications. Though rare, the possible risks of surgery include: bleeding, postoperative infection, severe corneal edema, retinal detachment, permanent dilation of the pupil, and even loss of vision. Other complications include the development of astigmatism and drooping of the upper eyelid, both of which are treatable. Cataract surgery is a common procedure and we make every effort to minimize the chance for any problems to occur during or after surgery. Please read the cataract consent form for a complete list of risks.
- Is there an alternative to cataract surgery?
- Cataract surgery is necessary in order to remove a cataract that has begun to form. However, daily intake of Vitamin C may slow the progression of cataracts. At Eye Doctors of Washington, we recommend that patients take 100 units of Vitamin C. This amount is present in most daily multi-vitamin supplements and safe for most individuals. However, keep in mind that excessive amounts of vitamins can be hazardous to your health. If you have questions or concerns about your vitamin intake, contact your physician.
If you have additional questions or would like more information about LASIK or cataract eye surgery offered at our practice, contact us today.
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