Most authorities agree that surgery should be undertaken when the loss of vision due to the cataract
interferes with the patient's life. In the past, patients had to wait until the cataract became 'ripe' enough before they could undergo surgery.
Today's modern state-of-the-art technology allow eye surgeons to remove the cataract
as soon as the cataract
interferes with daily life activities such as reading and driving. This is important because if left untreated, cataract
can lead to severe vision loss.
RISKS & BENEFITS OF CATARACT OPERATION
The most obvious benefit is better vision within the first few days of surgery. Most patients do not need spectacles for distant vision although some may need reading spectacles for near vision.
Cataract surgery is one of the safest and most commonly performed surgeries in medicine today with a complication risk of less than 1%. Our consultants will provide you with more information about the potential risks and benefits before the surgery.
AFTER THE OPERATION
Most people notice an instant improvement in sight, although complete healing may take several days. After your surgery you will be given eye drops and instructions to help prevent infection and to improve healing. It is imperative that patients follow all post surgery instructions for a successful outcome.
Itching, sensitivity to light and mild discomfort can be felt after cataract surgery. After a few days, these symptoms should disappear and you can return to most activities including tai chi, walking, shopping and light household chores. Try not to bend to lift heavy objects from the floor or rub the eye during the first few days.