If you’ve been looking through clouded lenses, it may be time to start thinking about cataract surgery so you can see clearly again. And Kansas City is a good place to be if you need cataract surgery. It’s boasts some top notch eye surgeons.
Need help getting started? Follow this simple plan:
Step 1: See your ophthalmologist. Not all cataracts require surgery, so you’ll want to make sure you and your eye doctor are on the same page. Surgery is usually recommended when cataracts begin to interfere with your everyday life.
Your eye doctor may (or may not) refer you to another Kansas City specialist for surgery. Or you can get recommendations from friends and family.
Step 2. Ask questions. Here are some things you may want to ask:
- What type of cataract surgery do I need? Not all cataracts are alike. Some cataract surgeries are done with lasers; others require manual removal.
- What tests do I need before surgery? You’ll need a clear artificial lens, known as an intraocular lens (IOL), to replace your clouded lens (cataract). Your doctor will need to take eye measurements for your IOL, and may also want to run additional eye tests.
- What are the risks of cataract surgery? Although cataract surgery is relatively safe, all surgeries come with some risks (e.g., infection, bleeding).
- What are my IOL options? There are several options from which to choose; your eye doctor may have a specific type in mind for you.
- What do I need to do before surgery? You should be given some pre-operative instructions.
Step 3. Make an appointment. If you have cataracts in both eyes, you’ll need two separate appointments, at least four weeks apart. You should also arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery.
Step 4. Follow your preoperative instructions. Preoperative instructions for cataract surgery may include:
- Stopping certain medications that can increase your risk of bleeding
- Using prescription eye drops to prevent infection and reduce swelling
- Not eating after midnight
Step 5. See more clearly. Of course, you’ll have to show up for your scheduled appointment first. You can expect some itching and mild discomfort for a few days after your surgery. Make sure you follow your post-operative instructions.
If you feel like you may need some assistance before or after your cataract surgery, contact a Kansas City home care agency.