Cataract surgery involves removing your eye’s natural, clouded lens and replacing it with an artificial lens. Although the procedural steps seem straightforward, it is normal to be a little daunted by the thought of surgery. This might be your first experience with eye surgery and you probably do not know what to expect.
The team at Berks Eye Physicians and Surgeons has many years of experience working with patients just like you, who felt anxious about the surgery. We will never dismiss your fears or brush them off. Instead, we are committed to educating you about the procedure and working with you to navigate your nerves about cataract surgery.
Read on as we address some of the most common concerns about cataract surgery.
“I’m worried about undergoing a major surgery.”
Cataract surgery is a quick procedure performed on an outpatient basis. No hospital stay is required. Shortly after the procedure, you can return home to recuperate in the comfort of your own home. The recovery period is very short and you can resume most of your normal activities promptly after surgery.
It might also reduce your anxiety to know that cataract surgery is one of the most routinely performed procedures in the country. Our surgeons have performed it many times and understand how to minimize the risk of complications.
“Cataract surgery might hurt.”
Although you will be awake during the procedure, you will not experience any pain. We will completely numb your eyes so you will not be able to feel anything, and we can give you a medicine to keep you feeling calm and comfortable. Also, a member of our team will be right next to you during the procedure to help reassure you.
“I am afraid I will blink during surgery.”
We will use a soft device to keep your eyelids open during cataract surgery so you do not worry about blinking. The medication we administer to relax you will also reduce your urge to blink.
What if my cataracts grow back?”
The artificial lens that replaces your natural lens cannot develop cataracts. Sometimes, the membrane or capsule that holds the artificial lens can become cloudy. However, this can be quickly and easily treated with a laser procedure performed by your surgeon.
We Are Here to Help You Get the Care You Need
Our team knows how cataract surgery can improve your quality of life. We have seen countless patients reclaim clear vision and live more independent lives after cataract surgery. We are here to help you navigate your nerves so you can get the care you need.
If you would like to learn more about cataract surgery, please schedule an appointment at our Wyomissing practice today.