Minimizing Cataract Surgery Side Effects
Cataract surgery side effects can be significantly reduced when you receive your treatment from the doctors at Broberg Eye Care. Dr. Peter Broberg, Dr. Halsey Settle, Dr. William McGlathery, and Dr. Ximena de Sabra work with you throughout your surgical process to minimize and mitigate any post-surgical discomfort. For most patients, cataract surgery side effects are mild and temporary. To learn more about cataract surgery side effects and schedule a consultation at our Austin, TX office, contact us today.
How Does Cataract Surgery Work?
The proteins in the lens of the eye can degrade and clump together, clouding or blurring your vision. These clumps of protein, or cataracts, may progress to a point that they seriously affect your vision and interfere with your daily life. When this occurs, cataract surgery can be performed to improve your vision.
During cataract surgery, we use a precise, powerful laser to create an incision in your eye. Then, we insert a probe that breaks cataracts apart with ultrasonic waves. The damaged lens tissue is suctioned out of the eye, and an IOL (intraocular lens) is used to restore vision. Your IOL will take the place of your existing lens. We provide a full spectrum of IOLs, including monofocal for near vision, multifocal for a variety of distances, and toric for patients with astigmatism.
The cataract surgery process usually takes less than 15 minutes to complete and is typically an outpatient procedure, meaning you can return home the same day. The average success rate for this procedure is typically around 98 percent, with a low incidence of side effects. Making exact incisions with a laser rather than a blade can further reduce your healing time and most patients are fully recovered within one month, although your vision may continue to improve for several months after surgery. Most patients experience only minimal side effects that subside within a few days. These can include:
- Irritation as your eye heals from surgery and tissue regenerates
- Light sensitivity, including the appearance of glare or halos
- Blurry vision
- General discomfort, for which your doctor may prescribe painkillers
- Disorientation, nausea, or grogginess from sedation or anesthesia
- Dry eye is the most common side effect of cataract surgery; it can be managed with medicated eye drops, lifestyle changes, and other treatments
Your ophthalmologist can help you prepare for and treat any side effects that may arise after cataract surgery. Working with one of our reputable, seasoned surgeons can minimize your risks and save you expense, time, and discomfort in the long-term.
Adjusting to IOLs
It may take up to a year for your eye to completely adapt to the IOL as it integrates with your ocular tissue. Multifocal IOLs in particular may cause light sensitivity or impaired night vision as your eye adjusts to the synthetic lens. In rare cases (less than two percent of patients), the IOL may shift or be poorly positioned, in which case your surgeon will need to correct or replace it as soon as possible.
Experience Healthy, Clear Vision
Cataract surgery has few side effects but many benefits for patients who want to reclaim their eyesight. To learn more about this procedure or schedule a consultation with one of our doctors, contact our office today.