Thursday, July 21, 2011

Recovery from Cataract Surgery

“Cataract Surgery performed today is a much different procedure than in the past-much more patient friendly”, said Fairfield County Cataract Surgeon and Corneal Specialist Leslie Doctor, M.D. “First, I am able to do Cataract operations for the vast majority of my patients at the Wilton Surgery Center which is a comfortable close to home eye surgery facility. Second, I perform what is called “topical small incision phacoemulsification” so that I only need to use eye drops for anesthesia and I don’t even need a suture or a stitch,” said Dr. Doctor.

Thus, there is really minimal if any “recovery” from the anesthesia used and no discomfort from stitches. Patients are usually feeling “back to normal” by the end of the day of their surgery or certainly by the next morning. Because Dr. Doctor only creates a tiny incision-often just a few millimeters-through which the cataract is removed and the intraocular lens is implanted the wound healing is very quick. Finally, depending on the type of lens implant that is used it is highly likely that your distance vision will be dramatically improved within 24 hours. In fact many patients actually are comfortable driving the next day after their cataract operation. If you have a multifocal or accommodating lens implant to correct both your distance and near vision, it might take a bit longer to appreciate the full clarity of the near vision correction. So, it is pretty likely that you will be back to work in a few days and depending on Dr. Doctor’s instructions, you should be able to resume all of your normal activities with a couple of days.

If you think you have a Cataract or have been told you have a Cataract and would like to learn more about Cataracts, Cataract Surgery or Lens Implants please feel free to schedule an appointment by calling Doctor & Associates at 203-227-4113.