Cataract Surgery

Cataract Basics

The lens in a human eye can be likened to the lens of a camera. Just as a camera lens focuses light onto the camera’s sensor to create an image, the lens of the eye focuses light onto the retina, where the image is formed. In both cases, the quality of the lens is crucial for sharp and clear vision. Over time, the human lens gets cloudy, and it becomes a cataract. This can cause vision to become progressively blurred. Cataract surgery involves removing your native lens, which has clouded, and replacing it with a clear thin intraocular lens (IOL).

Lens diagram

During your consultation with our team, your eye health will be reviewed carefully. Together with the eye surgeon, you will decide the best type of intraocular lens (IOL) for you.

Monofocal IOLs let you see only one distance without relying on eyeglasses (most patients choose far, but near and intermediate distance are options as well).

Multifocal IOLs may let you see far, near, and intermediate distances without relying on eyeglasses. Some patients’ eyeballs aren’t perfectly spherical (i.e., shaped like a football; this is called astigmatism) and may benefit from a toric IOL, which corrects the astigmatism for the best clarity of vision.

Schedule an appointment to learn if Cataract Surgery will work for you.

The Surgical Process:

Before the Surgery

  • Comprehensive eye exam
  • Discussion of ocular and medical history
  • Eye measurements to determine power of IOL
  • Detailed discussion with eye surgeon

During the Surgery

  • Local anesthesia will be administered
  • A sedative may also be given
  • Your cloudy lens will be removed and replaced with the recommended IOL

After the Surgery

  • When performed alone, recovery is usually quick with better vision within a week
  • Post-op care will involve eye drops and instructions
  • Follow-up exam to monitor progress

Talk to Your Doctor

Your eye surgeon will explain the different options for IOLs during your consultation, so that you can make an informed decision regarding the best IOL for you. If questions arise after the consultation and you need more time to make a decision, a Telemedicine visit can be scheduled to further discuss the options. 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your cataracts surgery, please let us know.

Schedule an appointment at one of our convenient locations.