Will I feel discomfort from cataract surgery?

Cataracts are common among the American population and usually occur with age, and some people may require cataract surgery if vision becomes impaired. Cataract surgery is generally very successful and most people recover quite speedily, nevertheless they still ask – will I feel discomfort from cataract surgery?

About cataracts and cataract surgery
The ability to see clearly depends on the eye’s natural lens that allows light to pass through to the retina at the back of the eye, so that you can focus on objects. However, sometimes there is a build-up of protein deposits on the surface of the crystalline lens, which makes it cloudy and often impairs vision. This cloudiness is known as a cataract.

Correcting a cataract involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with an intraocular lens (IOL). Undergoing cataract surgery allows patients to see much clearer, and therefore improves quality of life.

Will there be discomfort from cataract surgery?
Most people experience mild discomfort such as itching, minor pain, eye redness, and irritation, in the days immediately following cataract surgery. However, these symptoms are usually short-lived.

Patients are usually fitted with a protective eye shield, and eye drops may be prescribed to reduce any inflammation and prevent infection.

Dry eye syndrome is another complication that may occur after cataract surgery. It is generally characterized by stinging or burning of the eyes. This condition often results, because of alterations made to the corneal nerve bundles during cataract surgery.

If you are in the greater Washington, DC area, contact the New View Eye Center in Reston, VA, for more information about cataract surgery. Call 703-834-9777 today, and schedule an appointment with ophthalmologist Dr. Jacqueline Griffiths.  Dr. Griffiths will explain all you need to know about cataract surgery, as well as the type of discomfort you may experience after the operation.

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