Cataracts : Frequently Asked Questions

My father had cataract surgery a few years ago and he had to wear thick glasses afterward. Is this still necessary ?

Nowadays, cataract patients who have intraocular lenses (IOLs) implanted during surgery may need reading glasses for close vision.

In fact, with the newer multifocal and accomodating IOLs, even reading glasses are unnecessary.

How much does cataract surgery cost ?

The cost of cataract surgery varies from one doctor to the next; it also depends on the eyewear that is prescribed and the type of artificial lens ( intraocular lens) used as a replacement.

Medicare and the most health insurance plans will cover cataract surgery and ordinary intraocular lenses, but may not the cost of premium artificial lenses that simultaneously correct vision at near, intermidiate and distant ranges.

What are possible side effects of cataract surgery ?

As with any surgery, pain, infection, swelling and bleeding are possible, but very few patients have serious problems or cataract surgery complications. Your surgeon may prescribe medications to avoid these.

Please use that as prescribed.

Retinal detachment also occurs in a few people. Be on the lookout for excessive pain, vision loss, or nausea, and report these symptoms to your eye surgeon immediately.

What Post operative care I have to take  ?

  •  Do not rub eyes. The work which may involve injury to the eye should be avoided.
  • Take your usual diet. Avoid eating spicy & oily food for 5 days.
  • Use dark glasses in the sunlight for 20 days.
  • Do not cook for 5 days.
  • You can join your office in a week.
  • You can take a bath below the neck.
  • You can go for a walk daily.
  • Do not sleep on the side of operated eye for 2 to 3 days.
  • Do not lift any heavy object. Do not blend for 10 days.
  • You can start reading, TV, Computer from 3rd day.