The more than two million people who will have cataracts removed this year are fortunate to live at a time when surgery to correct cataracts is so very convenient, safe, and comfortable. The procedure takes less than 20 minutes, and no stitches or patches are required. Most patients can go back to their regular activities by the next day.
With cataract surgery, it is possible to restore clear vision and reclaim your life with relatively little discomfort or inconvenience.
What does cataract surgery involve?
The idea behind modern cataract surgery is quite simple: the surgeon removes the clouded natural lens from the eye and replaces it with a clear lens implant, called an "IOL" (Intraocular Lens) that takes over the job of focusing light that enters the eye.
Will I need stitches?
No, modern cataract surgery techniques involve only a very small incision that does not require stitches.
How is the procedure performed?
The procedure is performed with small instruments under the high magnification of a microscope. Ultrasound energy breaks up the cataract into small pieces that are easily removed. The surgeon replaces the clouded lens with an artificial lens that restores the eye’s ability to focus. The tiny opening heals naturally and with very little recovery time.
How long does the procedure take?
At Quinlan Eye Center, cataracts are removed as an outpatient surgical procedure. The clouded lens is replaced by a lens implant. The actual cataract procedure takes about ten minutes, with minimal discomfort. Most patients experience better vision the same day.
What kind of vision can I expect after surgery?
Not only is cataract treatment the most frequently performed surgery in the United States, it is also one of the most successful. More than 99 percent of patients who undergo cataract removal rank their vision as significantly improved.
When can I resume normal activity?
Most patients are able to drive and return to work the next day. The eye will be sensitive to light, and sunglasses are recommended for outdoor activity. Dr. Quinlan will advise you as to when you can resume the use of eye makeup and will answer your questions as to other activities you should avoid while the eye is healing.
Can I develop cataracts after cataract surgery?
Once cataracts have been removed, they will never redevelop.
What do I do next?
Call Quinlan Eye Center at 620-223-0200 to learn more about modern cataract correction…the PROVEN, EFFECTIVE way to recover clear vision and reclaim your life.
What is Yag capsulotomy?
Some patients may develop blurry or fuzzy vision once the cataract is removed. This haziness is the result of a film that forms in the capsule or "bag" that holds the replacement lens. This condition can occur years or months after having cataract surgery, and may be mistaken for cataract redevelopment. If this condition occurs, we can treat it with a quick outpatient procedure known as the YAG laser capsulotomy, restoring clear vision in a matter of minutes.
Upon your arrival, we will check your vital signs and will administer dilating drops in your eye. During the procedure, you will sit very still on a small table and will hear some clicking noises and see flashes of light. After the procedure, we will recheck your vital signs and go over post-operative instructions. Because your eyes will be dilated, your vision may be blurred in that eye for a few hours, and you will need someone to drive you home.