If you’ve been diagnosed with a cataract, you’re not alone. Millions of people are diagnosed with a cataract each year. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, cataracts are a leading cause of vision impairment around the world.[i]
When vision loss from cataracts begins to interfere with everyday activities, most doctors recommend cataract surgery, which involves removing the natural lens of the eye and replacing it with an artificial lens known as an intraocular lens, or IOL. Fortunately, cataract surgery is one of the most common procedures done around the world.
Naturally, when considering cataract surgery, many people have a lot of questions. That’s why we’ve rounded up the top five cataract surgery topics our readers keep coming back to. Here are some of our most read cataract surgery blogs:
- How to Prepare for Cataract Surgery
If you’re considering cataract surgery, it’s important to know what to expect and how to prepare yourself for cataract surgery. For example, you won’t be able to drive immediately after surgery and you will need to arrange for a ride with a friend or family member. Learn more about the weeks and days leading up to cataract surgery and what to expect immediately afterward.
- Tips for Recovering from Cataract Surgery
Taking care of yourself after cataract surgery is important for a speedy recovery. Following your eye doctor’s instructions, particularly with regard to post-operative eye drops, is extremely important. But following these simple tips can help make sure that your eyes heal properly and as quickly as possible.
- Top 10 Questions about Cataract Surgery
When considering cataract surgery, most people have questions – a lot of questions! Questions such as, “How long is the procedure?” and “What happens if I blink during surgery?” are both natural and common. Find the answers to the top ten most asked questions about cataract surgery here.
- Is Cataract Surgery Painful?
The thought of any surgery can stir discomfort in the hardiest among us. But when it comes to the eyes, there is a very common fear – “Will it hurt?” Cataract surgery is typically an outpatient procedure performed under local anesthesia. Learn more about the procedure and the steps your eye doctor will take to keep you as comfortable as possible.
- Understanding Cataract Surgery and Macular Degeneration
After age 60, the risk of developing not only cataracts but other eye diseases as well increases. So, what happens when you have cataract and macular degeneration at the same time? Are you still a candidate for cataract surgery? Here, we look at both cataract and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and explain what’s important to know about having them simultaneously.
Find the answers to these questions and many more on our cataract surgery blog. From cataract prevention strategies to general eye health and understanding how the eye works, we cover all things cataract. Follow our educational blog here.