Cataract Surgery in Virginia Beach, VA
Cataract surgery is a very common procedure, and complications are rare and usually treatable. The surgery itself is highly successful in improving the vision of patients about 95% of the time. Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure usually taking less than 10 minutes of surgical time.
During the surgery, the doctor removes the cloudy natural lens from the eye while the patient is under topical anesthesia (eye drops). Next, the doctor inserts an intraocular lens (IOL), which remains permanently in place of the removed natural lens. The IOL compensates for the power the old lens provided. Modern IOLs are designed for various functions and made out of different materials; your doctor will know which is most appropriate for your individual case. After the operation the doctor will apply a shield for the eye and provide you with eye drops to use as directed.
Standard Intraocular lens (IOL): The standard lens replacement will allow further vision correction during cataract surgery. It can eliminate the need for glasses or contacts to see well in the distance, provided little or no astigmatism is present. Patients will often still require reading glasses to see up close. This lens is typically covered in full by Medicare and other insurance carriers.
Toric IOL's - This specialty lens benefits patients with pre-existing astigmatism. Astigmatism is a condition characterized by a slightly irregular shape of the lens or cornea that occurs in many people who are reliant on glasses for vision correction. The Toric lens procedure allows the cataract and the astigmatism to be corrected simultaneously. Patients frequently experience crisp, clear distance vision after their surgery and may no longer require correction for distance, though they will still require reading/near vision correction. This lens typically has an extra out-of-pocket expense.
ReSTOR - These lenses are made with concentric rings that provide correction for near, intermediate and far distance vision and may eliminate the need for glasses. Patients who were previously reliant on bifocal glasses can frequently experience improved vision at all distances after replacing their cataract with a ReSTOR lens implant. This lens implant typically has an extra out-of-pocket expense for the patient.
Recovery from Cataract Surgery
The patient may return home the day of the procedure. With proper rest and avoidance of any strenuous activities such as heavy lifting, recovery is usually a matter of days, with only minor discomfort. Patient will be using medicated eye drops for several weeks after their surgery to help avoid infection and inflammation. Several follow-up appointments will be required to ensure the eye is healing properly and initial results are sustained.