September 18, 2020
Cataract removal is often needed when the eye’s natural lens becomes cloudy and vision is blurred. Cataract surgery is a procedure to remove the lens of your eye and, in most cases, replace it with an artificial lens.
Before Cataract Surgery
Some tests will be done before cataract surgery. This includes measuring and assessing the length and curve of your cornea. These measurements help our eye specialist select the proper lens implant for your eye and talk to you about all of the options available.
If you have previously had LASIK or other vision correction surgery, you can still have cataract surgery.
How Does the Cataract Procedure Work?
A small incision is made in the side of the cornea where a tiny instrument is delicately inserted. This uses high-frequency ultrasound to break up the center of the cloudy lens and remove it with a gentle suction device.
After the cloudy lens is removed, it is replaced with an intraocular lens of plastic, silicone, or acrylic. The new lens allows the light to pass through it to focus correctly on the retina. In most cases, the lens is placed behind the iris. Once in place, the doctor closes the incision.
On completion of the cataract procedure, a protective shield is normally placed over the eye.
Cataract surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure and does not require an overnight hospital stay.
After Cataract Surgery
You’ll rest for a short while after the surgery is complete so that the doctor can monitor you. Also, you won’t be able to drive so we will arrange transport for you or you can have someone drive you home.
Importantly, you’ll be prescribed eye drops and given post-care instructions which must be followed exactly as prescribed. Some patients experience blurred vision for a few days following surgery but this soon changes to leave crystal clear vision again.
If you are not in Lima, then we recommend staying for 10 – 14 days to allow time to complete follow-ups.