About Cataract Surgery At Community Eye Center
Ophthalmologists, optometrists and eye health professionals work as a team to provide comprehensive eye care at Community Eye Center (CEC). Eye specialists including, cataract, glaucoma, retina and oculoplastics as well as an accredited eye only surgery center, CEC offers the best cataract surgery options possible for positive patient outcomes. Eye doctors may be seen at any of CEC’s multiple Florida locations in Port Charlotte, North Port, and Venice.
Cataract removal is one of the most common surgical procedures in the United States and it is estimated that over 3.5 million operations are performed each year.
During the surgical procedure, the eye surgeon uses anesthetic eye drops to numb the eyes, as well as I.V. medication to relax the patient. Using a process called phacoemulsification; the surgeon breaks up the cataract and “vacuums” it from the eye pouch – a very safe and proven technique. The lens implant is then inserted. In most cases, a suture is not needed. The entire process takes 15 minutes.
The lens that is inserted is called the IOL or intraocular lens (IOL). If you are considering cataract surgery, it is important that you explore the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of intraocular lenses available. The principal goal of Cataract surgery is to improve the quality of vision. Today with modern technology, the goal has been extended to reduce the need for corrective lenses (glasses/contacts).
Recovery from Cataract Surgery
Cataract surgeries are typically quick and uneventful. An estimated 3.5 million cataract surgeries are performed each year in the United States. It is one of the most common surgical procedures. Numbers also show that the chance of a good outcome and improved vision after surgery are excellent.
What to Expect During Recovery
A typical cataract removal often happens in under 15 minutes. These surgeries are generally performed in an outpatient setting, such as St. Lucy’s Outpatient Eye Surgery Center. However, patients will need to spend a short time in the recovery area until the effects of sedation or anesthesia wear off.
If a patient needs cataract surgery in both eyes, the surgeon will typically wait at least a few days to a couple of weeks for the first eye to recover before operating on the second eye.
After cataract surgery, patients will need someone to drive them home. They will be given a pair of sunglasses to wear on the ride to protect their eyes from the light.
Although patients should rest following surgery, typically within the first few hours, patients should be able to:
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