Cloudy vision has led to a cataracts diagnosis, and you are now deep in the search for answers to how cataract surgery works, how safe it is, and what your options are. You are also busy checking out recommendations for successful and experienced ophthalmologists to handle the procedure to find the right one for you.
You may even have a few evaluations scheduled as part of your search for the right doctor. So what now? How can you best make use of the time you have with the ophthalmologists you are considering? First of all, be sure to familiarize yourself with a few basic cataract facts, allowing you to save the time you have with your doctor for the questions that matter.
- Cataracts are a medical condition affecting the eyes that is common in adults aged 40 and older, with frequency increasing as we age.
- Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure. Including prep and post-op, you’ll be out the door and on your way home in less than two hours.
- However, you won’t be driving yourself home. You will be required to arrive with a family member or friend who will be in the driver’s seat and ensure you get home to relax and start your healing process.
- The procedure itself involves the replacement of your eye’s natural, clouded lens with an artificial lens known as an intraocular lens (IOL) to restore clear vision.
- Depending on your circumstances, you may be free of glasses after cataract surgery or may still require reading glasses.
Now that we have the basics out of the way, let’s look at suggested questions to ask your ophthalmologist prior to making the decision on which doctor is right for you. First, know that meeting with a laser eye surgeon does not equate a commitment for them to perform your surgery. Did you feel comfortable in their laser eye center? What about with the doctor and staff? Were all of your questions answered? Were you treated courteously and professionally? These points matter and help ensure you are comfortable with your final decision.
Questions to Ask Your (Potential) Cataract Surgeon
Will I still need glasses after cataract surgery?
If they guarantee you will not need glasses, it’s time to find a new eye surgeon. You should be told that it is possible you will still need eyeglasses under certain conditions.
Will I need enhancement surgery?
Yes. In some cases, you may need a follow-up surgery, also known as an enhancement surgery, and this procedure should be fully explained.
Will you be the only doctor working with me?
It is unlikely that the cataract surgeon you choose will be the only doctor that works with you. But your eye surgeon should explain to you who it is that will see you the day after surgery for your follow-up to check on your healing. Will it be another eye surgeon, ophthalmologist, or your regular eye doctor?
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