The doctors and staff at Price Vision Group in Indianapolis take great care in providing a personalized experience and service during your cataract surgery. Our ophthalmologists are world-renowned cornea specialists and are at the forefront of cornea research. Although cataract surgery is one of the most common procedures performed in the world, we understand that this isn’t a common procedure for you. We know that having cataract surgery is both a nervous and exciting step in your journey to see clearly again. We hope the information we’ve provided below will answer questions you may have about the process before, during and after your cataract surgery.
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What is a cataract?
What happens during my cataract surgery?
What are my options for new lenses (IOLs)?
What happens after my cataract surgery?
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A cataract is a cloudiness of the crystalline lens inside your eye that leads to a decrease in vision. Cataracts typically form as you age and progress to the point where it’s necessary to remove the lens and replace it with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL).
Cataract surgery performed by Dr. Francis Price, Jr. and Dr. Matthew Feng at Price Vision Group in Indianapolis takes only minutes to complete with minimal discomfort. Your cataract surgeon will make a very small incision and insert a tiny ultrasonic probe that breaks up your cloudy lens into microscopic particles using high-energy sound waves. This process is called phacoemulsification. These particles are then suctioned out. The artificial IOL of your choice is then inserted and positioned, effectively replacing the old cloudy lens of your eye with a clear version.
The amazing part is that the tiny incision is “self sealing” and usually requires no stitches. It remains tightly closed by the natural outward pressure within the eye, where it heals quickly. This technique makes recovery prompt and comfortable. Most patients notice an immediate improvement in visual clarity.
During cataract surgery, the cloudy natural lens in the eye is removed and replaced with an artificial IOL. Today, advancement in new lens technology has given Price Vision Group the opportunity to offer several IOL options to best fit your needs and lifestyle. After eye measurements are taken, your doctor will help you decide which lens is right for you based on physical and personal factors. Not all patients will be candidates for Multifocal IOLs or Advanced Technology Extended Depth of Focus IOLs. Some personal factors to consider are activities you’d like to perform without the need of glasses, specific distances you’d prefer to see clearly without glasses, and additional financial resources available to purchase more advanced technology lenses with greater benefits. We offer patient financing for your out-of-pocket expenses for any of these options through CareCredit®.
Monofocal IOLs are basic artificial lenses that have one focusing distance. The lens can be chosen to focus for up close (reading), medium range (computer screen) or distance vision (driving). Most people will choose a monofocal IOL set for clear distance vision and then wear eyeglasses for reading or close range work. Basic monofocal IOLs for cataract surgery are usually covered in your insurance plan.
Basic lens implants are not able to adjust for astigmatism (an imperfection in the curvature of your cornea) which may also be affecting your vision. Toric IOLs are able to correct for astigmatism and, therefore, give you a better chance of good distance vision without glasses or contacts after your surgery. Toric IOLs are not covered by your insurance policy and will require your additional financial contribution.
Multifocal IOLs provide both distance and near focus at the same time. The lens has different zones set at different powers and is designed so that your brain learns to select the right focus automatically. With multiple points of focus, one image is in focus at a time. Multifocal IOLs are not covered by your insurance policy and will require your additional financial contribution.
When it comes to extended depth of focus IOLs, Price Vision Group is proud to offer the Tecnis Symfony® Extended Depth of Focus IOL. This revolutionary lens is the first and only presbyopia correcting IOL that provides a continuous full range of high quality vision. These lenses allow you to see clearly at near, intermediate and far distances. These IOLs also minimize side effects associated with multifocal IOLs like glares and halos around lights. These advanced technology lenses are not covered by your insurance policy and will require your additional financial contribution.
After cataract surgery, your surgeon will place a patch or protective shield over the operated eye. When removed, your vision may be blurry for the next few hours as your eye heals and adjusts but should improve within a few days. Many patients see improvements a day after surgery and return to normal activities such as driving.
Colors may appear more vibrant after undergoing cataract surgery. This is normal as you are now viewing things through a new, clear lens after a significant amount of time viewing things through a cloudy lens. It is also normal to experience redness, itchiness and mild discomfort of the eye for a few days following surgery. Please avoid rubbing your eye.
Many of our patients can choose to receive an injection at the conclusion of surgery to minimize the need for eye drops after surgery. Patients with advanced technology lenses or toric lenses will be provided with specific eye drops. Your doctor might prescribe specific eye drops if allergies or other conditions prevent the use of the eye drops we provide. Follow-up appointments will be scheduled in a day or two, the following week and a month after surgery to monitor the healing process and eye health.
Most eye discomfort should subside a few days after surgery.
If both eyes require cataract surgery, your doctor will typically wait at least a week before performing the second eye surgery to ensure proper healing of the first eye.