Frequently Asked Questions

What are the symptoms of cataracts?
Blurry vision and glare are two of the most common symptoms of cataracts. This might make it hard to read, watch television, drive safely, or see at night.

What can be done to fix my cataracts?
As cataracts develop, they often cause the eye to become nearsighted. Prescription changes in your eye glasses may help you see better until the cataract worsens. If you want clear vision again the only option is surgery.

How long is the recovery time for cataract surgery?
Full healing time might be as long as a month, but patients often find themselves seeing great within a few hours or within the next two days.

Does everyone get the same cataract lens implant?
Most people choose the standard single-focus lens implant that is specially selected for their eye. However, some individuals wish to become less dependent on glasses and elect to pay extra for special lens implants that can reduce their need for corrective eye-wear (does not always eliminate the need for glasses).

How soon may I drive after cataract surgery?
In most cases you are safe to drive 24 hours after surgery. If you are able to see 20/40 or better wthout glasses, you may want to have the corrective lens restriction removed from your driver’s license.

Will my cataract ever come back?
No. It is not possible for a cataract to come back once it has been removed. However, in the months and years after surgery, about 30% of all cataract patients experience some reduction in vision as cells grow across the back on the clear capsular bag that holds the lens implant. Vision becomes fuzy and dim much like it was with a cataract. The cloudiness is called a secondary cataract and is easily treated with the YAG laser. In one short visit, painless bursts of laser light create a tiny opening in the cloudy capsule to restore clear vision without the need for an incision.