Cataract Surgery FAQ's
Can a cataract come back after it has been removed?
No. Once a cataract is removed from the eye, it cannot come back. However, the lens capsule which holds the lens in place could become cloudy. This condition is called a secondary membrane. Secondary membranes are easily treated with a YAG laser if needed.
Will I have to wear glasses after cataract surgery?
This depends on the type of intraocular lens (IOL) implant you choose. The standard lenses are focused on one distance. For example, if you choose to have distance vision out of your right eye with a standard lens, you will need glasses to read.
There are premium lenses which are available to lessen your need for glasses after surgery. If you have astigmatism, toric IOL's can be implanted to correct for your astigmatism. Presbyopic-correcting IOL's allow you to see both distance and near out of the same eye.
How much does cataract surgery cost?
Depending on your insurance plan, Medicare and most insurance companies cover a percentage of cataract surgery.
There are some procedures which are not fully covered by insurance companies. If you elect to have a non-covered procedure, the cost will be collected before your surgery. These non-covered procedures include:
- Arcuate Keratotomy or Limbal Relaxing Incision-a surgical technique to reduce your astigmatism
- Toric IOL-an intraocular lens that helps correct astigmatism
- Restor IOL or Crystalens IOL- presbyopic-correcting multifocal lenses
Only you and your Ophthalmologist will be able to decide if any of these options are right for you. The cost for these investments can be discussed during your eye examination.
How soon may I return to work?
Many people are able to return to work within 2-3 days, depending on your occupation. Consult with your ophthalmologist about how soon you may return to work after cataract surgery.
What are my restrictions after cataract surgery?
Following cataract surgery, you will be given the following restrictions:
- To protect your eye from accidental injury, you will be asked to wear a shield over the operated eye at night and for naps for the first week.
- Avoid lifting more than 20 pounds for the first few days. Additionally, avoid excessive straining and vigorous exercise such as running or weight lifting for the first week.
- Avoid bending over with your head lower than your heart for the first 2 days.
- When you shower or bathe, avoid putting your face directly in the water.
- Avoid hot tubs and swimming pools for the first 2 weeks.
- Avoid other dirty environments, like gardening, for the first week or two.
How soon may I wear makeup?
You may wear facial makeup and lipstick the day after surgery. Avoid eye makeup for the first five days after surgery.
Can cataract surgery be done on both eyes on the same day?
Typically, cataract surgery on the second eye is performed approximately two weeks after the first eye.