Cataract Surgery Process
New Eyes offers both traditional cataract surgery and SMART cataract surgery, which involves less invasive laser techniques to remove the cataracts. Once you have been evaluated, our experienced cataract surgeon will talk with you about your options and determine the best treatment plan for your unique needs.
This cataract surgery process page has been written to assist you in learning more about cataract surgery, and aid you in preparation for a visit to a New Eyes office where you will have your eyes examined. Based on the results of your eye exam, you and your doctor at New Eyes will decide on the best type of treatment choice for you. If you are diagnosed with a cataract and decide to have a cataract surgery done by one of our eye doctors here at New Eyes, Dr. Helga F. Pizio or Dr. Ksenia Stafeeva, we will advise you about the risks and benefits of the surgical procedure for cataract removal and intraocular lens (IOL) implantation.
It is important for you to understand ahead of time that no guarantee can be made as to how well a patient will see after a cataract surgery, and that results may differ from what was predicted or planned. Eyeglasses or contact lenses may still be required for best vision after a cataract surgery.
Your complete eye examination at a New Eyes office will include dilation of the pupils to fully examine the health of your eyes and determine if surgery is needed. Some people have a hard time driving following eye dilation and it is recommended that you bring someone to drive you home. In the case that you need a cataract surgery, we will perform measurements called biometry to determine the proper power of the implanted IOL. We may also perform additional testing necessary prior to your surgery based on the health of your eyes and your particular need. While the method used to calculate the power of the IOL is very accurate, in rare cases the final result may be different from what was planned. Patients who are highly nearsighted or highly farsighted have the greatest risk of differences between planned and actual outcomes. Patients who have had LASIK or other refractive surgeries done prior to their cataract surgery are especially difficult to measure precisely.
A Few More Steps Before Surgery
After your cataract evaluation exam is completed you may be scheduled for cataract surgery pending your insurance authorization. Some patients may require additional retina or cornea examination prior to scheduling for a surgery. The cataract surgery will not be performed during your first visit to our office. The New Eyes surgery coordinator will give you surgical dates to choose from that fit with your schedule. When you reserve a surgery appointment, you will receive a surgery folder which contains the information related to your cataract surgery: date, time, location, pre-operative instruction sheet, cataract surgery Informed Consent Form, etc. We will require that you read, understand and sign the Informed Consent Form prior to your surgery. You can take it home with you and mail it back to New Eyes office. The surgery will not be performed unless we have your signed Informed Consent Form on file prior to your surgery. The cataract surgery will be performed by Dr. Helga F. Pizio or Dr. Ksenia Stafeeva at one of the surgery centers approved by your insurance. A surgery center is a different facility than New Eyes practice and is at a different physical location.
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The Cataract Surgery Procedure
Cataract surgery can typically be performed on an outpatient basis. The procedure involves a small incision to remove the cataract. The incision usually heals rapidly with minimal discomfort, and patients are often very quickly back to normal daily activities. Please note that New Eyes offers both traditional cataract surgery and SMART cataract surgery, which involves less invasive laser techniques to remove the cataracts. Once you have been evaluated, our experienced cataract surgeon will talk with you about your options and determine the best treatment plan for your unique needs.
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During cataract surgery, one of our surgeons will remove the clouded natural lens and replace it with an artificial, intraocular lens (IOL). The IOL will permanently serve as the eye’s new lens. It is important to note that cataract surgery cannot treat the effects of conditions such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, or age-related macular degeneration. While many individuals who have nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism will still need corrective eyewear following cataract surgery, some patients may benefit from advanced types of IOLs that can accommodate for those types of refractive errors. Our doctor will talk with you about your options during your initial consultation.
Cataract surgery is typically performed in one eye at a time; surgery on the other eye can be performed one to two weeks later.
Cataract Surgery Recovery
After cataract surgery, our team here at New Eyes will provide you with detailed instructions on the recovery process. You will be given some special eye drops to use for about three weeks after the procedure in order to facilitate healing. We will also make sure that you have follow-up visits scheduled as needed during the first few weeks and months after surgery. Most patients who have cataract surgery are able to resume normal daily routines within one week after the procedure.
If you would like more information on cataract surgery, or if you would like to schedule an appointment for an eye evaluation here at our practice, please contact New Eyes today.