Laser Cataract Surgery Preparation and Steps to Recovery
Generally a safe and very effective procedure to correct and alleviate impaired vision caused by cataracts, Laser Cataract Surgery is a procedure that can be administered in less than an hour and presents very little complications if none at all.
What are Cataracts?
Cataracts, a condition that affects the vision and performance of the eye, is often described with symptoms that include clouding of the lens of the eye, impaired vision, or blurred vision. This condition may either be congenital or may have developed slowly over the course of time which may have been brought about by injury, aging, or other medical conditions such as diabetes, trauma, or inherited genetic disorders, to mention a few.
When is Laser Cataract Surgery Needed?
When daily activities such as reading, watching television, recognizing faces, driving, and other activities that are vital to daily schedule are adversely affected by impaired or dimmed vision, it may be necessary to consult with an eye specialist to find out the extent of the cataract affected area.
An increased difficulty of vision at night, sensitivity to light and glare, double vision, constant changing of eye glass or contact lens prescription, and an overall sense of diminished or impaired vision are strong indications that cataracts need to be addressed. Often, the solution prescribed by experts is Laser Cataract Surgery as studies have shown that this procedure allows a safer and easier removal of cataracts.
Cataract Surgery Preparation
With proper consultation with an eye care professional, cataracts can be determined early through its course through several tests. These tests are often done via standard and retinal eye examination. Thorough examination may provide various indications on whether options or recommendations of undergoing Laser Cataract Surgery can be most beneficial.
Soon as a decision to undergo surgery is reached, preparation for the procedure must be observed to lead to its success. Here are a few often recommended steps on how to prepare for cataract surgery:
- A thorough examination conducted by an ophthalmologist to determine the extent of the condition.
- Deciding on when to undergo surgery. Diseases, conditions, ongoing medications, and other factors are indicative on when the most ideal schedule would be. This decision can be reached with the help of a doctor.
- Pre-operative clinic visits are vital in preparation for the actual surgery. This step may include several recommendations and directions that need to be followed prior to surgery such as the need to discontinue certain medications or to administer medications needed in preparation for the procedure.
- Planning for the operation. This step concerns personal factors such as planning for the actual date of surgery, planning how to get to and from the clinic, and after surgery details.
- Day of the surgery. It is important that the set of steps and procedures as advised by the doctor is followed.
Cataract Surgery Recovery Period
The recovery period for Laser Cataract Surgery starts immediately after the procedure. Post operative procedures and steps to recovery may include a detailed instruction of the effects and adjustments, prescribed medication, a list of do’s and don’ts, and a schedule for follow-up examination.
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