Cataract FAQs

Is cataract surgery painful? We give our patients a mild sedative, such as valium, to help them relax. Numbing eye drops are also used to make the procedure more comfortable. After the surgery, the eye may feel scratchy, watery or irritated but these symptoms will gradually improve over the next 24-48 hours.

 How long until I can resume normal activities? Following surgery, patients will require someone to drive them home and they will be directed to rest for the remainder of the day. Most patients are able to resume normal activities and return to work within a few days.

 Will I need glasses after surgery? If you have standard cataract surgery you will receive a monofocal lens that can improve distance vision, but sometime glasses will be required in order to see clearly in the distance. Reading glasses or bifocals will still be needed for most activities requiring near vision. Patients who opt to receive a premium lens implant that can correct vision for a range of distances will have a much higher chance of not being dependent on reading glasses or bifocals following their surgery.

 Can my cataract return? Since the eye’s natural lens is removed during cataract surgery, the cataract can never return. In some cases the capsule that is left behind, that holds the implant, can become cloudy over time. This is called a posterior capsular opacification (PCO) or secondary cataract. This condition is easily treated using a laser in a painless procedure that takes only a few minutes.