Cataract surgery is the only way to permanently treat this progressive condition. The procedure involves removing the eye’s natural lens and replacing it with an intraocular lens (IOL) to restore crisp, clear vision. Patients in the Brunswick, GA, area can receive unparalleled surgical care at Seaside Ophthalmology, Inc. Our skilled specialists regularly perform cataract surgery, but our personalized level of care is anything but routine. Much of our clinical staff is cross-trained to assist patients in our office and at our surgical center. In addition to our dedicated and highly trained staff, we use proven techniques and advanced technology to ensure you will be provided with safe, high-quality care.
When Is Cataract Surgery Necessary?
Many patients can sufficiently offset the effects of a cataract with non-surgical corrective eyewear solutions. During regularly scheduled examinations, our doctors will monitor the progression of your condition and evaluate the quality of your vision. Once your ability to drive or comfortably complete other daily tasks on your own is compromised, surgery is typically recommended.
Selecting an IOL
Once your doctor has confirmed you are a good candidate for surgery, you will need to determine which type of IOL is right for you. This small artificial device, made of silicone or acrylic, will be placed during your surgery to replace the natural lens. During an exam, the doctor will measure the size and shape of your eye and consider your treatment goals, budget, and lifestyle factors in order to recommend appropriate IOLs. Patient satisfaction is our utmost priority. We will thoroughly educate you on each lens type so you can make an informed decision.
The Surgical Process
Patients should arrange a ride to and from their appointment since they will be unable to drive for the remainder of the day and may need assistance during their recovery. You may be advised to discontinue the use of certain medications that may interfere with the surgery or lead to complications. The doctor may also provide prescription eyedrops to be used as directed prior to and after your procedure.
Our skilled specialists regularly perform cataract surgery, but our personalized level of care is anything but routine.
On the day of your surgery, we will begin by administering intravenous (IV) sedation so that you remain comfortable and relaxed. The procedure can typically be completed in about 10 minutes. Some patients elect to receive femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgery (FLACS) with the advanced Catalys system, while others select the traditional surgical technique. Both options will be reviewed with you during your preoperative consultation. Once the cloudy lens has been removed, your IOL will be precisely implanted to restore your vision. To complete the procedure, a protective covering will be placed over your eye. If you have cataracts in both eyes, your doctor will typically recommend at least a few days before proceeding with a second surgery.
What to Expect After Surgery
While your vision may be blurry immediately following the procedure, it should gradually improve over the next few days. It is normal to experience:
- Mild discomfort
- Imbalance in vision
These symptoms should only last a couple of days. You will typically meet with your doctor for follow-up appointments to monitor recovery the day after your procedure, the following week, and about one month post-op.
Protecting Your Eyes
To protect your eye during recovery, it is important to avoid certain activities:
- Rubbing or applying pressure
- Strenuous activity
- Dusty environments
- Wearing makeup or lotion around the eyes
You should also try to rest your eyes as much as possible to speed the healing process. Your doctor will provide detailed post-operative guidelines and more specific information on when you can return to certain activities.
Unparalleled Cataract Treatment
We strive to provide our patients with effective cataract treatment that can allow them to regain quality vision. Contact us online or by phone at (912) 466-9500 to schedule your consultation. Our entire team is committed to helping you take this important step toward improving your quality of life.