Commonly asked questions about cataract surgery

Posted on May 09 2010 by Lawrence Zweibel

When it  comes to cataract surgery most patients have similar concerns and questions.

1. " Is a cataract a film growing over my eye?"   Cataracts are a clouding of the natural(crystalline) lens inside the eye.  This lens is located immediately behind the pupil of the eye.

2. " Does the cataract have to be ripe before I have surgery?"  Most surgeons and patients agree that the right time to consider surgery is when you can no longer perform tasks that you would like or need to do, such as driving and reading.

3.  "Is the operation painful?"  No!  Usually the operation can be performed with minimal anesthesia.  Often  only topical drops are required.  An anesthiologist,  who is always present is available to administer sedation as required.

4.   "Where is the surgery performed and how long will I be there?"  We perform most of our surgeries in a New York State approved  free standing ambulatory unit.  Total length of stay is approximately 2 hours.

5. "When can I resume normal activities?  Most people go about there normal daily activies the next day.

All surgeons at North Shore Eye Care are board certified.  We are fellows of the American College of Surgeons and have been recognized regularly in Castle Connely's "Top Doctors."

 

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