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Preparing for Cataract Surgery: 5 Things to Keep in Mind

Preparing for Cataract SurgerCataract surgery is a common and safe procedure to remove cloudy lenses from the eye. It’s done on an outpatient basis, meaning patients are able to go back home on the same day.

We understand that preparing for cataract surgery can feel a little overwhelming, so we’ve compiled a short to-do list to make the process easier. 

If you're experiencing cataracts and looking for assistance, Rosen Optometry Inc. in St. Louis is at your service. We’re here to help you regain your clear, crisp vision. 

1. Talk to Your Eye Doctor

The first step to take when preparing for cataract surgery is to consult with your eye doctor. 

They’ll assess your condition and create a tailored plan of action. They’ll also answer any questions or concerns you may have about the surgery.

2. Know About the Different Types of Cataract Surgery

There are two types of cataract surgery that you should know about, namely: small incision surgery and extracapsular. 

Small incision surgery is the most common and is done by making a small incision in the eye to remove the cloudy lens. Extracapsular surgery is more invasive, with the eye surgeon removing the entire lens capsule. 

Your eye doctor will determine which option is best for you.

3. Choose an Experienced Eye Surgeon

Your surgery’s success depends on the eye surgeon you choose, so make sure they’re experienced. 

Ideally, you should choose an eye surgeon who has performed many successful cataract surgeries and has a good reputation. 

4. Discuss What Type of Intraocular Lens (IOL) You’ll Receive

Your post-surgery vision will be impacted by the type of IOL you receive. IOL types include monofocal, multifocal, and accommodating lenses. 

By discussing your lifestyle and visual needs with your eye doctor, the surgeon can help you choose the IOL best suited to you.    

5. Decide on the Location of the Surgery

Cataract surgery is usually done on an outpatient basis at a hospital and you’ll likely have several locations to choose from. It's important to discuss which location is most suitable for you with your eye doctor. 

Get Cataract Surgery in St. Louis

Preparing for cataract surgery can be daunting, but remember that it’s a safe and common procedure. 

By following these 5 tips, you can ensure that you’re well-informed and prepared for the surgery. 

If you’re considering cataract surgery, set up an appointment with Rosen Optometry Inc. in St. Louis.

Frequently Asked Questions with Dr. Lawrence Ernst

Q: Does cataract surgery get rid of floaters?

A: Cataract surgery won’t eliminate floaters, and may actually increase the number you have. But most will disappear in a few weeks.  

If you're experiencing floaters that are impacting your vision or if you have a sudden increase or onset of floaters, it's important to speak with your eye doctor.

Q: What will happen if cataracts are left untreated?

A: Cataracts, if left untreated, can progress and lead to vision loss and eventually blindness. In fact, cataracts are the leading cause of blindness globally.

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