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What is a cataract?

A cataract is the clouding effect of a person’s natural eye lens. These natural lenses work much like a camera, making it possible for us to focus on objects and process what we’re seeing. When cataracts form, the eye’s ability to focus is diminished.

Cataracts are incredibly common and is a condition that affects nearly half of all Americans by the age of 65. The good news is that you don’t have to live with cataracts.

Why surgery?

If you have a cataract that is interfering with your normal routine or daily activities, we recommend having cataract surgery. This is an extremely safe procedure that can correct distance vision and astigmatism by removing your cataract and replacing it with a modern lens.

Surgery is recommended if your cataract(s) is/are interfering with your normal routine or daily activities. Intraocular lenses are a permanent replacement for the old lenses and eliminate the chance of future cataracts forming.
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The good news is that you don’t have to live with cataracts.

Is surgery right for me?

If you answer “Yes” to any of these questions, you may be experiencing the signs of cataract development. Schedule a consultation
  • Do you see glares, starbursts, or halos at night?
  • Are you having difficulty driving or recognizing faces?
  • Are colors not as sharp or vivid as you once remember?

The benefits of cataract surgery

Frequently Asked Questions

What is cataract surgery?
Cataract surgery is a simple procedure with an excellent success record. The clouded natural lens is replaced with an artificial lens called an intraocular lens (IOL). It is done on an outpatient basis with a topical anesthetic that will make it a painless procedure. One eye is done at a time, with a short healing period in between.

After making a very small incision outside your field of vision, your eye surgeon will insert a tiny probe and use ultrasound to break up the clouded natural lens. With suction, the pieces are easily removed, and through the same incision, the IOL is inserted and positioned correctly. You may have a protective shield to wear during sleep for about a week, and your eye surgeon will prescribe eye drops to be used several times each day for several weeks. For best results, it is very important that you follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions exactly.
How long will the surgery last and is it painful?
In general, cataract surgery will take approximately 10 minutes. You should experience no pain before, during, or after your surgery.
What should I expect during recovery from cataract surgery?
During your recovery period after cataract surgery, taking precautions and administering all medications according to your doctor’s instructions will lead to a hasty recovery. The typical cataract surgery patient should return to normal activities within a day or two. Inland Eye Specialists staff will answer all of your questions and work with you toward achieving better, clearer, brighter vision.

Patients having their cataracts removed are asked to wear a patch for approximately 6 hours post-operation and a plastic shield to bed, the first night only, to cover and protect the operated eye. You will be asked to use eye drops after surgery.

By following these recommendations and your doctor’s instructions after cataract surgery, you will soon return to activities that might have been previously limited or halted due to previous poor eyesight. If you or someone you know is considering cataract surgery, Inland Eye Specialists surgeons are ready to help. To schedule an appointment, please contact us by filling out the online form or by giving us a call.
Can I have both eyes done in one surgical procedure?
Ophthalmologists will only treat one eye at a time. An average time between surgeries is usually two weeks, but that may depend upon the individual patient and doctor.
Is age the only thing that can cause cataracts?
No. Cataracts can also form due to factors such as:
  • Eye injury
  • Existing eye disease
  • Use of certain medications
  • Other health problems (e.g. diabetes)
Am I at greater risk of developing a cataract?
No one is immune to cataracts. However, there are certain groups that are at an increased risk of developing cataracts and needing surgery. This includes, but is not limited to:
  • Smokers
  • Individuals with diabetes
  • Individuals who participate in steroid use
  • Individuals who have experienced trauma to the eye
How do I know if I have a cataract?
A typical indicator of cataract development is the introduction of “night halos” or blurry vision.

However, the best way to determine if you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms as the result of a cataract is to come in for an examination.
What are symptoms of cataracts?
  • Blurred Vision
  • Light sensitivity
  • Double vision in one eye
  • Poor night vision
  • Glare
  • Color distortion

What's It Like To Have Cataract Surgery

1

Schedule A Consultation

At a time that’s convenient for you, an Inland eye doctor will meet with you to discuss the changes in your vision and help you understand available options. The consultation and diagnostic testing do not obligate you to any future service, they simply help us determine if you are a candidate for cataract surgery. You will have an opportunity to schedule your procedure at this appointment.

2

Arrive For Cataract Surgery

After being greeted by the staff, you are met by the doctor who will be performing your surgery.

3

Travel Home For Recovery

After surgery, you must have a friend or family member provide your transportation home. You will experience improved vision right away, but we recommend not reading, driving, or using a computer for the rest of the day.

4

Come Back For A Post-Op Checkup

It is important that you meet with your Inland eye doctor after your surgery. We will confirm that your eyes are healthy and clear you for normal activity.