What is the downtime of cataract surgery?
The surgery takes about 10 minutes and we expect you to see well enough to watch TV and read on your iPad on the same day.
When can I start exercising after cataract surgery?
You are allowed to do light exercise such as brisk-walking within the first 2 weeks after your cataract surgery. Running, weightlifting, swimming and other water sports are best to be started after 1 month. Do not expose your eyes to any risk of trauma within the first month.
My friends need stronger reading glasses as they get older. If I get the multifocal IOLs implanted now, does that mean that I have to wear glasses later on?
No. The reason for the change in the glasses prescription is mainly because of worsening of the cataract. Once the cataract is removed, it will not recur hence your prescription remains stable.
I have had LASIK. Can I still have the multifocal IOLs?
Not all eyes that have undergone LASIK will be suitable for multifocal IOLs. LASIK changes the shape and thickness of the cornea and it also causes dry eyes. LASIK has permanently reformed your cornea so post-LASIK eye needs to be evaluated carefully.
I have had cataract surgery done with monofocal IOLs implanted and I have to wear glasses when I am reading now. Can I still have my presbyopia treated?
Yes, you can. There are now multifocal add-on lenses that we can insert on top of your existing monofocal IOLs. This option can likely maintain or improve your far vision and at the same time decrease your dependence on glasses when you read.
Do I need to adjust the position of my eye to see far and near just like when I am wearing my progressive glasses?
No. With the IOL, your brain will learn to adjust the focus by a reflex change in the size of the pupil.
Will I need glasses after the multifocal IOL implant?
You will experience greater overall freedom allowing you to participate in most daily activities without dependence glasses.
How long can the IOL stay in the eye?
The IOL is intended to remain in place indefinitely without any maintenance. You can indulge in activities like diving, facials, high impact sports and taking airplanes with peace of mind.
Will cataract recur after surgery?
No. As cataract is the opacification of the natural lens in the eye, it cannot recur once the lens is being removed. If your vision becomes cloudy again after cataract surgery, you may have developed a condition called posterior capsule opacifiation (PCO) or secondary cataract. This occurs when the back of the lens capsule (part of the lens that was not removed during surgery and now supports the lens implant) becomes cloudy due to thickening of capsule or deposits.
PCO is treated with a fast and painless outpatient procedure called yttrium-aluminum-garnet (YAG) laser capsulotomy. In this procedure, a laser beam is used to remove the hazy posterior capsule from your line of sight. This allows the surgery to be performed without any incision and patients may go home after surgery without any dressing.
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