During the cataract surgery, the cataract-affected natural crystalline lens is replaced with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). IOLs are typically made of a flexible material, allowing your surgeon to fold and insert the IOL through a minuscule incision. Once the cataract is removed, and the IOL is in the proper position, light can once again travel unimpeded to the back of the eye.
Is cataract surgery safe? All surgery has the risk. However, cataract surgery is one of the safest and most common surgical procedures performed. The actual procedure involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with an artificial lens called an intraocular lens (IOL), such as the AcrySof? IQ Toric IOL.
How long does it take to recover from cataract surgery? Recovery after cataract surgery is quick and usually occurs within only a few days. Most patients have improved vision soon after surgery, and your sight may continue to improve for several days or weeks.
How long will the surgery take? Cataract surgery is typically an outpatient procedure. The surgery takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes.
Will I feel anything? Rarely do patients feel anything since topical numbing drops will be placed in your eye and medications may be administered to help you relax.
When will I be able to return to my normal activities? Typically, you will be able to return to normal activities within several days. You should be able to resume driving and return to work within 2 to 3 days.