The only effective treatment for cataracts is surgery. It is one of the most successful forms of surgery performed today. Statistically, 95% of patients that have cataract surgery end up with superior vision. The Eye Associates performs the most advanced type of surgery using the latest techniques, including the “no injection”, “no stitch” surgery. The cataracts are removed by using sound waves with a procedure called Phacoemulsification.
Our practice measures the eyes to ensure the appropriate intraocular lens is selected for your eye. Once the cataract is removed, it is then replaced with the intraocular lens. Our practice offers premium lenses to accommodate for various eye prescriptions as well. The Eye Associates Staff will discuss all the options available, to ensure the best possible vision for you.
Learn About Your Intraocular Lense Options:
- What Is An IOL?
- TECNIS Symfony IOL Lense
- Astigmatism Correcting Intraocular Lenses
- Multifocal Intraocular Lenses (IOLS)
Why do I need surgery for my cataracts?
Cataract surgery is an operation to remove your eye’s lens when it is cloudy. The purpose of your lens is to bend (refract) light rays that come into the eye to help you see. Your own lens should be clear, but with a cataract it is cloudy. Having a cataract can be like looking through a foggy or dusty car windshield. Things may look blurry, hazy or less colorful. The only way to remove a cataract is with surgery. Dr. Kent will recommend removing a cataract when it keeps you from doing things you want or need to do. During cataract surgery, your cloudy natural lens is removed and replaced with a clear artificial lens. That lens is called an intraocular lens (IOL) Dr. Kent will talk with you about IOLs and how they work.
What can I expect before my cataract surgery?
Dr. Kent and his technicians will measure your eye to set the proper focusing power for your IOL. Also, you will be asked about any medicines you take. You might be asked not to take some of these medicines before surgery. You may be prescribed eye drop medicines to start before surgery. These medicines help prevent infection and reduce swelling during and after surgery.
What can I expect the day of surgery?
Dr. Kent may ask you not to eat any solid food at least 6 hours before your surgery. Cataract removal surgery is done in an outpatient surgery center.
Here is what will happen:
- Your eye will be numbed with eye drops or with an injection around the eye. You may also be given a medicine to help you relax.
- You will be awake during surgery. You may see light and movement during the procedure, but you will not see what the doctor is doing to your eye.
- Dr. Kent will enter into the eye through tiny incisions (cuts, created by laser or a blade) near the edge of your cornea (the clear covering on the front of your eye). Dr. Kent uses these incisions to reach the lens in your eye. Using very small instruments, he will break up the lens with the cataract and remove it. Then your new lens is inserted into place.
- Usually your surgeon will not need to stitch the incisions closed. These “self sealing” incisions eventually will close by themselves over time. A shield will be placed over your eye to protect it while you heal from surgery.
- You will rest in a recovery area for about 15–30 minutes. Then you will be ready to go home.
What can I expect after my cataract surgery?
- Make sure to keep your follow-up appointments that are scheduled
- You will have to use eye drops after surgery. Be sure to follow your doctor’s directions for using these drops.
- Avoid getting soap or water directly in the eye.
- Do not rub or press on your eye. Dr. Kent may ask you to wear eyeglasses or a shield to protect your eye.
- You will need to wear a protective eye shield when you sleep.
- Dr. Kent will talk with you about how active you can be soon after surgery. He will tell you when you can safely exercise, drive or do other activities again.
Contact our Practice Today To Schedule Your Consultation Where We Can Address Any Questions or Concerns You May Have
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What are the risks of cataract surgery?
Like any surgery, cataract surgery carries risks of problems or complications. Here are some of those risks:
- Eye infection.
- Bleeding in the eye.
- Ongoing swelling of the front of the eye or inside of the eye.
- Swelling of the retina (the nerve layer at the back of your eye).
- Detached retina (when the retina lifts up from the back of the eye).
- Damage to other parts of your eye.
- Pain that does not get better with over-the-counter medicine.
- Vision loss.
- The IOL implant may become dislocated, moving out of position.
Your vision could become cloudy or blurry weeks, months or years after cataract surgery. This is not unusual. If you notice cloudy vision again, you might need to have a laser procedure. Called a posterior capsulotomy this procedure helps restore clear vision. Schedule a consultation and Dr. Kent will discuss in greater detail with you about the risks and benefits of cataract surgery in the Boise area.
Cataract Surgery Boise ID Testimonials
If you can say surgery is a good experience, mine with Dr Kent was a 10. I had a cataract on both eyes with results unbelievable. Before surgery it was like looking through a fog. Now looking out, things are more bright & vivid.
I also see color in a different shade. Instead of dull, the colors are brighter. As a final note, the very next day I thought my husband put new flourescent lights in the kitchen with just the one eye done. Of course he didn’t, but it goes to show what a big difference the surgery did for me. I would recommend Dr. Kent highly and his staff
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