If you’ve been told you have cataracts, you probably have a lot of questions about your condition, how it affects your vision, and your options for cataract surgery. These FAQS from Meridian Ophthalmic Associates in Meridian, MS, provide the answers you need to make good eye care decisions.
How do I know I have cataracts?
Cataracts can be detected through a comprehensive vision exam. Our senior eye care specialist will let you know if you have this condition and to what extent it’s affecting your sight.
When should I have cataract surgery?
If cataracts aren’t seriously obstructing your vision, we may recommend changes to your prescription eyewear to manage your symptoms. Once cataracts obstruct your vision to the point you cannot continue living your normal lifestyle, it’s time for surgery. During an annual vision exam, we’ll monitor your condition and recommend the best time for surgery.
What does cataract surgery entail?
Cataract surgery entails removing the cloudy lens of your eye and replacing it with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) so you can see clearly. Our Meridian ophthalmologist will perform this procedure. There are different types of IOLs you can choose from to improve your sight. We’ll discuss these with you before your surgery, so you can select the one best suited to your lifestyle.
Does cataract surgery hurt?
You’ll be given anesthetic eye drops before surgery to prevent any pain or discomfort. We’ll also offer you a mild sedative to sooth your nerves. If you need surgery on both eyes, we’ll do surgery on one eye first and wait until it’s healed before treating the other eye.
How long does it take to recover from cataract surgery?
Most people feel fine after a few days. However, complete healing may take up to 8 weeks. We will prescribe eye drops to protect you from infection as your eye heals. Follow-up appointments will be made to monitor your recovery.
See Our Meridian Eye Doctor for Senior Eye Care and Cataract Surgery
To schedule a consultation with Meridian Ophthalmic Associates in Meridian, MS, for cataract diagnosis and treatment, contact us at (601) 483-2616.