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Cataract Surgery Recovery: A Guide From Eye Care Specialists of Florida
Once upon a time, surgery for cataracts was an elaborate, relatively invasive procedure involving lengthy recovery times, as well as plenty of instructions and prohibitions for recovering patients. Today, cataract surgery is a remarkably, quick, easy, painless operation. Even so, if you're preparing to have this eye surgery in Kissimmee, there are some thing you'll want to know beforehand if you want to enjoy the fastest, easiest recovery process possible. Here is a basic guide to cataract surgery recovery from your friends at Eye Care Specialists of Florida.
Cataract Surgery in Kissimmee: The Basics
The better an understanding you have of your upcoming cataract surgery in Kissimmee, the more sense your postoperative experience will likely make to you. After providing sedation and numbing the eye with eye drops, our ophthalmologist, Dr. Choudhri, uses a state-of-the-art surgical laser to create a flap in the capsule of tissue with the cataract. With the aid of an ultrasound instrument, the laser helps to break up the lens so it can be removed easily. We then place a crystal-clear artificial IOL (intraocular lens) in the capsule. The extremely fine laser incisions are able to heal by themselves, without sutures.
Recovery Time, Precautions and Follow-up Exams
When you come around from the sedation, you'll notice that you're wearing an eye shield. This protective device helps to prevent any damage from accidentally rubbing or touching the recovering eye. You may be able to remove your eye shield the day after surgery, at which point you'll start administering antibiotic and steroid-based eye drops according to the schedule we prescribe. Don't fret if you experience visual distortions, irritation or redness in the treated eye at first -- these side effects should drop away quickly, leaving you with increasingly clear and comfortable vision. During these first formative days, try not bend forward, sneeze, or lift heavy objects.
Our ophthalmologist at Eye Care Specialists of Florida will continue to monitor your recovery closely. In fact, you'll receive your first follow-up exam the day after surgery. Expect to schedule visits 1 to 2 weeks and 1 month after surgery. After the first month has elapsed, you should be able to discontinue any eye drops and enjoy sharp, clear eyesight with no further issues, although we may schedule occasional follow-ups just to make sure all is well. One potential complication: A small percentage of surgery patients eventually develop fresh clouding in the eye, but don't be alarmed if this happens to you. We can clear it up quickly and easily with the aid of another laser-based technique called YAG posterior capsulotomy.
Schedule Your Eye Surgery in Kissimmee Today
Now that you have a clearer idea of what to expect following your eye surgery in Kissimmee, take the first step toward a clearer vision. Call Eye Care Specialists of Florida today at (407) 483-0328 to schedule your cataract removal surgery!