A Complete Guide to Cataract Laser Eye Surgery
Knowing the details about a laser eye surgery procedure can help you understand what cataract surgery entails.
What is Cataract Surgery?
The lens of your eye can become cloudy due to cataracts, affecting your eyesight. Cataract surgery is used to treat the affected eye by implanting an artificial lens. An eye doctor, also known as an ophthalmologist, usually performs the surgery. The cataract procedure can be traditionally done using an ultrasound probe or by using laser-assisted technology.
What is the Purpose of Cataract Laser Eye Surgery?
The cataract procedure is mainly performed to treat blurry vision as a result of cataracts. However, in most cases, waiting for some time before undergoing surgery will not cause any harm to your eye. When considering laser eye surgery, it helps to ask yourself the following questions:
- Do I face difficulty while climbing stairs, cooking, or when doing other routine activities?
- Do I have any problems when watching television or reading?
- Can I see properly to drive safely?
- Do lights make it difficult for me to see?
- Is my vision problem affecting my independence?
If you find that the answer is ‘yes’ to two or more questions, it is time to consult an eye doctor.
Preparing for Cataract Laser Eye Surgery
Your doctor may ask you to do the following to help you get ready for the procedure:
- Take Tests
Your doctor will perform an ultrasound exam that is painless to measure the shape and size of your eye. This will help them to get the most suitable artificial lens for you.
- Stop the Intake of Specific Medications
They will ask about the medicines you are taking and may advise you to stop using those that could raise the chances of bleeding and interfere with the surgery.
- Use Eye Drops
Your eye doctor may prescribe antibiotic eye drops and advise you to it use 2-3 days before the procedure.
- Fast Before the Surgery
They will instruct you not to drink or eat anything 12 hours prior to the surgery.
- Take Measures for the Recovery Process
Although you can go home on the same day of the procedure, you will not be able to drive, so it is wise to arrange for a ride. You may also arrange for help at home because you may be asked to refrain from activities such as lifting and bending for a week after the surgery.
What Does the Cataract Procedure Entail?
Before the Surgery
Your doctor will discuss your needs and lifestyle and suggest the most suitable lens to help improve your vision. The intraocular lens (IOL) may be made of silicone, plastic or acrylic.
During the Procedure
It usually takes around an hour to perform cataract surgery. The doctor will put eye drops to dilate your pupil and give you local anesthesia. They will remove the clouded lens and implant a clear, artificial lens.
After the Cataract Procedure
Although your vision may be blurry and you may feel mild discomfort for a few days after the surgery, your eye will heal over time, and your eyesight will improve. You may have to visit your doctor 1-2 days after your surgery for a follow-up, and after a month for a check-up.
Book an Appointment with Us for Laser Eye Surgery in Toronto
At UELC, we use UltraView ReLACS™ for cataract removal and to help improve your vision. If you are having problems with your eyesight or have questions about the cost of laser eye surgery in Toronto, contact our specialists today. You could also fill out our online form to book a complimentary consultation.