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Cataracts Treatment
Cataracts Treatment
GETTING
TREATMENT

WHEN SHOULD I HAVE CATARACT SURGERY?

Some cataracts develop slowly, some cataracts develop quickly. You may find that over time glasses and/or contacts that worked before are no longer enough to help you see clearly.

When your cataracts start to affect daily tasks like reading or driving, it may be time to think about cataract surgery.1,2

Driving

GETTING
TREATMENT

WHEN SHOULD I HAVE CATARACT SURGERY?

Some cataracts develop slowly, some cataracts develop quickly. You may find that over time glasses and/or contacts that worked before are no longer enough to help you see clearly.

When your cataracts start to affect daily tasks like reading or driving, it may be time to think about cataract surgery.1,2

Driving
DiscussionGuide-Ophthalmologist
start by talking about your vision

You can start by talking about your vision with an eye care professional, who will examine your eyes to determine whether cataracts are causing your vision problems and, if required, refer you to an ophthalmologist.

Medical History

Your ophthalmologist will review your vision history, run tests and determine if you’re a candidate for cataract surgery.

Need eye surgery

If you and your ophthalmologist agree that cataract surgery is right for you, this is a good time to tell your ophthalmologist how you would like to see after cataract surgery so you can choose the lens option best suited to your vision goals.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING CATARACT SURGERY?

During cataract surgery, an ophthalmologist removes the cloudy natural lens
from your eye (the cataract) and replaces it with an intraocular lens (IOL).

30min

Cataract surgery is a routine procedure
that generally lasts less than 30 minutes.

The procedure generally involves the following steps:

Cornea-EyeDiagram
1
A topical anaesthetic is applied to numb your eye(s).
2
A tiny incision is made in the cornea.
3
A specialized instrument is used to break up and remove the cataract.
4
A new intraocular lens implant (IOL) is inserted where the cataract once was.
5
You may be given an eyepatch to use as directed during the early post operative period.

Your new lens is designed to become a permanent part of your eye, just like the natural lens that you were born with. Once it’s in place, you won’t be able to see or feel it and it doesn’t need any special care.1

WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING THE RECOVERY TIME?

Recovery from cataract surgery is usually very quick, and most patients get back to regular activities soon after surgery.2 You will need to use eye drops after the surgery. Be sure to follow your ophthalmologist’s instructions.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS?

As with any surgery, the possibility of complications does exist; however,
cataract surgery is very common and has a high success rate.3,4,5

Millions

OVER 4 MILLION

People have cataract surgery
every year in North America.4,5

95percent

Complications are uncommon and most can be treated successfully.

Cataract surgery risks include:

  • Inflammation
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Swelling
  • Retinal detachment
  • Glaucoma
  • Secondary cataract
  • Loss of vision

The risk of complications increases if you have a pre-existing eye disease or a medical condition.2

References:
1. National Eye Institute Staff. Facts About Cataract. National Eye Institute. September 2009. Available at https://nei.nih.gov/health/cataract/cataract_facts. Accessed January 26, 2016.
2. Mayo Clinic Staff. What you can expect [Cataract Surgery]. Mayo Clinic. July 30, 2013. Available at http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/cataract-surgery/details/what-you-can-expect/rec-20229550. Accessed January 27, 2016.
3. Canadian Ophthalmological Society Staff. Cataract. http://www.cos-sco.ca/vision-health-information/conditions-disorders-treatments/cataract/.
4. Alcon Canada. My Cataracts: What is cataract surgery? https://www.mycataracts.com/all-about-cataracts/what-is-cataract-surgery/.
5. Canadian Association of Optometrists. Cataract surgery in Canada: What you need to know according to the Canadian Journal of Optometry. https://opto.ca/cataracts-surgery-in-canada-what-you-need-to-know-according-to-the-canadian-journal-of-optometry.

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