Cataracts – Questions

Does the cataract have to be "ripe" to be removed?

The best time to consider cataract surgery is when your vision begins to effect your daily activities such as reading road signs, newspapers, or experiencing glare and halos with head lights.

Do you remove the cataract with a laser?

No. Cataract surgery is performed at GEC by using an ultrasonic, self sealing, no stitch procedure.

Will insurance pay for my cataract surgery?

Most medical insurance plans will cover cataract surgery but it will be important for us to check with your insurance companies regarding the benefits of your particular policy.

Do I have to go to the hospital and how long does it take?

We will do your cataract surgery in our ambulatory surgery centers located in Warsaw and Allied Physicians Surgery Center in South Bend. Although you will be with us for approx. 2 hours on surgery day, the surgical procedure itself last about 15 minutes.

What type of anesthesia do you use?

We will administer a light sedative intravenously, and use topical drops to numb your eye before surgery.

Is cataract surgery painful?

No. Pain is not a typical side effect of cataract surgery. You likely will be very comfortable throughout your surgical procedure and recovery process.

Will I have to wear a patch over my eye?

Generally you will not have to wear a patch over your eye after cataract surgery. On rare occasions, the anesthetic may relax the eye muscles so much that it may make it difficult to close your eye completely for several hours after surgery. If this happens, you will want to keep the eye closed with a small coverlet to keep it from becoming overly dry. This coverlet would then be removed later that day or the next morning.

How soon after surgery am I able to see?

You should be able to see almost immediately following surgery however; you may experience blurry vision for one to two weeks during the healing process.

Will I still need to wear eyeglasses after cataract surgery?

If you need to wear eyeglasses before cataract surgery you may need to wear them after surgery; however; the prescription in your eyeglass lenses may change. Your need for reading glasses may depend on the type of lens implant you choose. Grossnickle Eye Center can provide several specialty lenses which can reduce your dependence or in some cases eliminate them entirely.
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When will I be able to resume my normal activities?

Most patients resume their normal activities the very next day.

Will the eye doctor need to see me after surgery?

Yes, you will need to be seen for several post-operative visits to assures us that there are no complications and you are healing properly. You will typically be seen the day following surgery, and 2 to 3 weeks later. Many patients choose to follow up with their family Optometrist. If you find that more convenient please make our staff aware so that we can make arrangements for you.