You will be able to return home on your surgery day a few minutes after the operation. Don’t worry if your eyes feel itchy and irritated – this is normal and will not last longer than a few days. You will want to take it easy for the first few days and try not to touch or rub your eyes for a while.
You may want to have a friend or family member around to help you with more involved tasks including driving until your vision normalizes. You will return to our office so our cataract team can check your progress the day after surgery and at the one week and one month marks. Most cataract patients are fully healed within two months. If you experience any unusual vision changes like eye redness, light flashes or floaters, or persistent pain, contact Dr. Huynh right away.
Cataract surgery is a common procedure, and Dr. Huynh has performs hundreds of cataract removal and lens replacement procedures on California patients per year. He uses the latest technology and techniques, which helps to keep complication rates very low. However, cataract surgery does have its risks, like any surgical procedure, including:
- Excess swelling
- Retinal detachment
- Macular edema
- Dislocated lens material
An aftercataract, also called a second cataract, occurs when cell masses affect the lens capsule after cataract removal surgery. Because the lens capsule is not removed during this procedure, aftercataracts can grow here and affect your vision. Sometimes an aftercataract can occur a short time after cataract removal; other times years following the procedure.
Fortunately, there is a safe and simple laser treatment for after cataracts: a capsulotomy, where laser light is used to make a hole in the cloudy lens capsule so that light can pass through it without interference. After cataracts occurs an average of only twenty-five percent of cataract removal cases. This treatment is very quick, painless, and done on an outpatient basis.
Cataract surgery is usually covered by your insurance policy since it is a medically necessary procedure. Depending on your insurance policy you will still be responsible for the co-pays and deductibles if any.
Our financial counselors will work with your insurance company to see what scenarios may be covered and to assess your benefits. If you are not covered under your insurance policy, you can still have cataract surgery with the help of the affordable financing plans available at our San Diego office.
Learn more about cataract surgery in California and the treatments available. If you are in San Diego, La Jolla, Mira Mesa, or Scripps Ranch, call or email Advanced Eye & Laser Center of California, Inc., today for your free consultation with Dr. Huynh and his experienced vision team.