Cataract Care at New Century Ophthalmology
Welcome to New Century Ophthalmology, where we proudly offer both ophthalmologist and optometrist expertise at two convenient locations in Raleigh and Oxford, NC. Visit our Services page or contact us for a full list of services we provide. Patients can feel confident knowing our ophthalmologists on staff have performed over 30,000 surgeries. We want our patients to be comfortable with and informed about every procedure, from retinal surgery and ophthalmic plastic surgery to glaucoma and cataract treatments. Check out our frequently asked questions and answers about cataract surgery below.
Cataract Surgery FAQ’s
Q: Does everyone who develops cataracts need surgery?
A: Compromised vision due to cataracts usually comes on slowly. Because of this, cataracts are manageable for some time with just the help of corrective lenses. However, after vision deteriorates enough to keep you from performing tasks you normally do in your life, surgery is the only way to restore your vision.
Q: What is the general cataract surgery procedure like?
A: Multiple procedure methods exist as a result of developments in technology, but the basic steps involve a small incision in the cornea, the outer protective layer of the eye, and use of an ultrasound, a laser, or manual means to remove the old lens. A new clear lens is inserted in the old lens's place and a protective covering is worn for several weeks to protect the incision from bacteria intrusion as it heals. Afterward, you will need to plan accordingly to allow your eye to heal, avoiding overexertion, bending over, heavy lifting, swimming or other occasions where water could enter the eye, and anything involving a lot of dust or dirt swirling around in the air that could irritate your eye.
Q: What will a cataract surgery patient’s vision be like after recovery?
A: You can choose the type of lens that replaces your old cloudy one and, in a way, design your own vision. You can opt for monofocal lenses to improve either your nearsighted or farsighted vision, or choose multifocal lenses which can help with both. Discuss these options with your ophthalmologist to decide which works best for you. Either way, most patients benefit from significantly improved vision after the procedure.
Q: What pain or risk is involved with cataract surgery?
A: Many people who suffer from cataracts require surgery. In fact, more than half of people over the age of 80 develop cataracts. Cataract surgery has been performed often enough that methodologies have been honed to make it very safe and low-risk. Patients describe it as painless. Surgery takes less than an hour, and patients return home the same day.