No. Once a cataract is removed from the eye, it cannot come back. However, the lens capsule that holds the lens in place becomes cloudy in about 1/3 of patients after cataract surgery. This condition is easily treated with a procedure called a YAG capsulotomy in which a laser is used to create an opening in the cloudy lens capsule. This quick and painless procedure is performed in our office and requires no down time. A YAG capsulotomy is a separate charge from cataract surgery; however, it is a billable procedure to your medical insurance.
Eye drops for cataract surgery can be expensive. However, there are options available to enable you to purchase all three medications for no more than approximately $150 total. If your pharmacy gives you a price greater than this, please contact our office. Two of the medications should last for both eyes, further decreasing your out-of-pocket cost.
This depends on the intraocular lens (IOL) that you select. Patients who choose the standard lens will almost always need glasses for certain activities.
Premium lenses are available to lessen your need for glasses or contact lenses after surgery. For more information on IOL options, please see the “Surgical Options” section of this brochure.
It takes time for the new IOL to settle into its final position after surgery. New glasses prescriptions are typically given at the 1 month post-op visit.
Flying has not been shown to impact the results of cataract surgery and there are no specific restrictions in this regard. However, we do recommend staying local until after your 1 week follow up appointment in case anything happens during the early healing period.
You may wear facial makeup and lipstick the day after surgery. You may resume wearing eye makeup approximately one week after surgery.
Many patients are able to return to work or school within 2-3 days, depending on their occupation. Consult with your ophthalmologist about how soon you may return to work or school after cataract surgery.
First week after surgery:
- No heavy lifting (>15 lbs.), excessive bending, exercise, or exertional activity
- No eye make up
- Avoid direct contact of water with the eyes during showering
- Avoid submerging your face in water
- Wear the eye shields while napping or sleeping
- Avoid dirty environments, like camping, hiking, or gardening
First 2 weeks after surgery:
- No swimming
- No hot tubs