Cataract Surgery Procedure
You will meet with us several times before your surgery day. We will do a detailed workup and make sure the cataract surgery we are performing is the best option for you. Cataract surgery has to be done one eye at a time, so if you have cataracts in both eyes then we will set two surgery dates.
We own our own eye surgery center in Las Vegas. This lets us offer a more individualized procedure in our own space. When you get to our surgery center we will check you in and bring you back for cataract surgery when it's time! After your procedure, you can go right home.
The surgery lasts less than 15 minutes. It is completely painless and you will only feel a slight amount of discomfort. You will be awake during the procedure, but we will give you a mild sedative and we will numb your eyes slightly beforehand. You likely won't remember the procedure – many of our patients even fall asleep during the surgery. It's that easy!
We perform cataract surgery with either a high-frequency ultrasound or a laser. The procedures are similar. Once you are numbed, the eye surgeon will get started. They will use the ultrasound or laser to break up the cloudy lens in your eye. The pieces of the lens are then gently suctioned out of the eye. After the old lens is gone, it's time for the new! Your cataract surgeon will insert the new artificial lens that you chose in your pre-surgery appointment. This new lens goes right where the old lens was – behind the iris and pupil. After your clear lens is in place the doctor will close up the incision in your eye and put a protective shield over your eye.
In a Dropless procedure, this is when the medication is administered. The doctor will inject a combination of medication behind your eye to prevent infection. If you opted for a traditional surgery then you're done!
Your vision will be slightly blurry for about a day following the procedure. You should not drive during this time. After about 24 hours your vision will be completely clear and you will be able to drive again. Your doctor will bring you in for a follow-up appointment the next day to make sure your eye is healing properly.
Do use your eye drops exactly as instructed.
Do come to your follow-up appointments with your doctor.
Do let us know if you're feeling extreme discomfort or pain.
Do feel free to watch TV or use a computer after your surgery.
Don't skip eye drop doses or forget to take them. This is important!
Don't do any heavy lifting for a couple weeks.
Don't drive for a day after your surgery.
Don't rub your eyes while you're recovering from surgery.
Deciding between treatment options is hard. It's really hard. That's why we have a team of counselors to help you weigh your options and choose which surgery or treatment is best for you. After you meet with one of our eye doctors, you'll sit down with one of our counselors, Andrew, Andrea, or Isabella, and they will walk you through your doctor's recommendations. Sometimes there are several options to choose between, and your counselor will show you what to expect from each and help you make a decision. Schedule a consultation with our counselors today!