Are you or a loved one considering cataract surgery? Not sure what to expect? We asked Key-Whitman Eye Center’s Dallas eye surgeon Amy Hong, M.D. to shed light on what patients can expect regarding cataract surgery recovery time and clarity of vision post-procedure. You’ll also learn what options reduce the need for prescription glasses after surgery and why it’s important to choose a cataract surgery practice that offers a full-range of high-tech lenses.
It’s important to have someone come with you the day of your procedure because you will be unable to drive immediately afterwards. According to Dr. Hong, “When you leave the surgery center, it’s common to still feel a little groggy from the anesthesia. As the anesthesia wears off, you may feel some scratchiness and a little bit of burning in the eye – that’s normal. Using over-the counter lubricating drops can make you feel more comfortable.”
For the safety of patients, Dr. Hong encourages having a friend or loved one accompany them to surgery. In fact, patients are prohibited from driving home after cataract surgery as well as to the follow-up appointment the next morning because Key-Whitman is focused on patient safety.
“It’s also imperative to remember to start taking post-surgery medications, as recommended by your doctor, such as prescription antibiotics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drops. Following the drop protocol is essential for proper healing,” says Dr. Hong.
This is one of the most common questions patients ask Dr. Hong about cataract surgery. However, the answer varies from patient to patient, depending on the severity of the cataract. For most patients, symptoms of eye discomfort subside, and vision typically stabilizes anywhere from a few days to a few weeks after cataract surgery.
One thing Dr. Hong’s patients often realize after cataract surgery is that their vision was much worse than they originally thought.
“Cataracts typically worsen over time, causing the lens inside the eye to become a hazy, yellowish brown. To some degree, people get used to seeing through those dingy lenses. Once the old lens is replaced with a new clear lens, patients find that things look brighter and colors are more vibrant, which allows them to see and function much better post-surgery,” explains Dr. Hong.
How often you will need to wear prescription eyeglasses largely depends on the type of intraocular lens – or IOL – you choose. Key-Whitman is one of the few eye centers in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex that offers a full range of intraocular lens options for cataract patients.
Some patients don’t mind wearing eyeglasses, so they may opt for standard IOLs that treat either distance OR up close vision only. Those patients will probably continue wearing glasses to help with reading or distance vision, depending on their choices.
Other cataract patients are looking for high-tech lenses that allow them to get out of glasses most of the day. Key-Whitman offers some of most advanced lenses available in the market today – many which significantly reduce the need for eyeglasses. Some popular extended depth of focus, multifocal and accommodative high-tech lens options include:
According to Dr. Hong, “If you’re looking to reduce your dependence on eyeglasses, it’s essential to choose a cataract surgery practice that offers a wide range of high-tech lens options like Key-Whitman does. Otherwise, you may be disappointed with the results. Every patient has different needs and expectations for their vision following cataract surgery, so be sure to speak openly with your eye surgeon about your goals.”
To schedule a cataract surgery consultation with Dr. Hong at our South Arlington eye center or with an eye doctor at Key-Whitman’s Dallas, North Dallas, North Arlington, Mesquite or Plano locations, call us at (214) 220-3937 If you prefer to connect with us online, feel free to set up an appointment here.
ABOUT DR. HONG:
Dr. Amy Hong is a licensed ophthalmologist and eye surgeon who specializes in vision correction surgery and glaucoma management. She attended Columbia University and graduated as Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Med with a concentration in Economics. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Texas in Dallas. A busy mom, Dr. Hong also works at the Arlington Memorial Hospital and the Health South Arlington Day Surgery Center.