When preparing for surgery, it is important to be as well informed as possible. Cataract surgery is no exception, which is why it’s important to ask as many questions as possible during your cataract consultation screening. During this, a doctor will provide you with detailed answers which will leave you feeling more confident and assured before the big day. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about cataract surgery and the answers to them.
1. Is cataract surgery safe?
This one is at the top of everyone’s list. The foremost thought on anybody’s mind when going in for surgery is usually “will I be okay afterward?” Rest easy knowing that cataract surgery is one of the safest surgeries that exists today. In fact, over 95% of surgeries are successful and leave the patient satisfied with their improved vision.
2. What is a cataract?
It can be helpful to know what exactly you’re going up against when going in for a surgery. Knowing what the surgeon is dealing with will help you better understand how the procedure works and how it will affect your recovery.
A cataract is a build up of protein in the lens of the eye. This protein slowly begins to build up over time and eventually prevents light from entering the eye, causing vision to become discolored and distorted.
3. How does cataract surgery work?
Due to the nature of cataracts, it is not possible to simply remove the proteins from the lens of the eye. Instead, the lens is removed altogether. This is done by breaking up the lens either with lasers or an ultrasonic device and gently sucking out the pieces. Your lens is then replaced with an artificial lens called an IOL, or intraocular lens. There are several different kinds of IOLs that you will need to choose from, which leads to the next question:
4. What kind of IOL should I choose?
This question is harder to answer because a great deal of it depends on your personal preference. Are you okay with needing glasses afterward and just want the standard option? Monofocal IOLs will probably suit you best. Want to reduce your dependence on glasses altogether? Go for the multifocal IOL. Want to have the benefit of multifocal IOLs but with a smoother transition between focusing ranges? Accommodating IOLs might just be the right fit! Ultimately, it is up to you and your doctor to figure out what’s best. You may be asked to wear contacts that fit the profile of your chosen IOL to see if you can adapt well to the change.
5. What are the doctor’s credentials?
You should never feel like you can’t ask about the experience or licensing of your cataract surgeon. It is absolutely crucial that you trust your surgeon. Dr. Diamante has over 20 years of experience and is supported by a fantastic team of passionate and knowledgeable individuals.
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