Cataract Surgery: Making the Decision
- Posted on: Aug 28 2015
Although cataract surgery may sound like a complex procedure, what it involves is really quite simple. Basically, the cataract surgeon will simply remove the clouded natural lens and replace it with a lens implant. In the past, cataract surgery was only performed once the cataract was well developed. However, newer techniques have made surgery possible during the earliest stages of the condition.
Asking the Right Questions
Cataract surgery is typically recommended if your cataract has reached the point where your daily tasks such as reading and driving are impacted. In some cases, patients may delay surgery and would like to explore other options. Scheduling an initial consultation with your eye care professional should be your first step in figuring out whether or not you need to undergo the procedure.
During the consultation, it pays to ask the right questions to be able to discern if you really need surgery and to determine if you have found the right surgeon to perform the procedure. Below are suggested questions during the initial conversation with your surgeon:
- How advanced are my cataracts?
- What options do you recommend at this point?
- If cataract surgery is recommended, which lenses are ideal for me and why?
- How much will the procedure cost?
- How do I prepare for surgery?
- Who will perform the surgery?
- What possible risks should I be aware of? What steps do I need to take to prevent them from happening?
- Do I need to take certain medications before or after the procedure?
- How much time should I allot for recovery? When can I resume to my normal routine?
- Will my existing health care issues or medications affect surgical outcomes?
Your Cataract Surgery Consultation
Would you like to learn more about your cataract surgery options? Give us a call at (540) 722-6200 to schedule a consultation today.