Cataract Surgery

Cataract Surgery

Cataract Surgery services offered in Athens, OH

Nearly 4 million Americans undergo cataract surgery each year. If you have cloudy or blurry vision or experience difficulty seeing at night, it’s vital to seek help. At Athens Surgery Center, an ambulatory surgery center, the team performs cataract surgery on an outpatient basis. Treatment is quick, effective, and safe. Call Eye Physicians and Surgeons, Inc. to book an appointment today with Athens Surgery Center. 

Cataract Surgery Q&A

What is cataract surgery?

Cataract surgery is a procedure that replaces your natural eye lens with an artificial one. In healthy eyes, the lenses are clear, but cataracts cause your lenses to become cloudy. As a cataract grows, it affects your vision, making it difficult to drive and perform other tasks.

Athens Surgery Center has eye doctors (ophthalmologists) on staff who have years of experience performing cataract surgery. The procedure is outpatient, so you don’t have to stay in the hospital while you recover.

When should I consider cataract surgery?

Make an appointment with the team at Athens Surgery Center if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Cloudy or blurry vision
  • Poor night vision
  • Double vision
  • Colors seem faded
  • Distorted vision in either eye

That’s especially true if your symptoms make it difficult to drive or don’t improve when you wear glasses or contact lenses.

How do I prepare for cataract surgery?

Athens Surgery Center provides cataract surgery consultations on-site.

Your eye surgeon reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms, including when they started and if they’re more noticeable at certain times, like after dark. Next, your provider conducts a comprehensive eye exam. 

If you have cataracts and they interfere with your daily life, you qualify for surgery. To ensure a positive outcome, your surgeon runs several tests to measure the size and shape of your eye, helping them choose the best artificial lens for you.

Your surgeon might also ask you not to eat or drink anything at least 12 hours before the procedure.

What happens during cataract surgery?

The team at Athens Surgery Center performs cataract surgery on an outpatient basis.

When you arrive at the office, you change into a gown and lie on your back on an operating table. Your eye surgeon numbs your eye with an anesthetic so you won’t feel pain and gives you medicine to help you relax.

Once you’re comfortable, your surgeon makes a small incision at the front of your eye. They break up the cataract and remove it. Your provider replaces your natural lens with a lens made of plastic, silicone, or acrylic. 

After positioning the lens, your surgeon closes the incision and moves you to a recovery room. When the anesthetic wears off, a friend or family member can drive you home.

What is recovery like after cataract surgery?

After cataract surgery, it’s normal to experience itchy or sore eyes. Take at least three days off work and get plenty of rest. 

Your Athens Surgery Center provider prescribes eye drops to prevent infection. Use them regularly and avoid strenuous activities, like bending over, lifting heavy objects, or working out.

For the first week or so, wear an eye patch while sleeping. The patch protects your eyes, reducing the risk of complications.

To see if you can benefit from cataract surgery, make an appointment at Athens Surgery Center by calling the office or booking online today.