Cataract Surgery

21 May

Surgery to replace the cloudy lens with an artificial one can improve vision.

Signs that you may have cataracts (or worsening ones) can be subtle. They include increasing difficulty seeing well at night (especially when facing an oncoming car’s headlights), having to make the text on your computer screen larger, and the sense that colors are fading. “If you’re happy with your current vision, don’t do anything, ” Devgan says.

If you need to see an ophthalmologist¬†he will give you a thorough eye exam a week or two before the procedure. Cataract surgery is usually done at outpatient surgical centers, but some eye surgeons do the procedure in a hospital or private medical office. Most people receive a light sedative and an anesthetic to numb the eye, says Devgan. The surgery takes less than 30 minutes and you should have improved vision the day after. (For surgery on both eyes, the procedures are often performed several weeks apart.) Because the sedation may leave you groggy, you’ll need a ride home and should take it easy for at least a few hours afterwards

Source: Consumer Reports on Health April 2018 Uday Devgan, M.D., a cataract surgeon and professor of ophthalmology at UCLA.

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