A cataract refers to the clouding of the natural lens in the eye. Patients with cataracts often feel like they are seeing the world through a fogged window. Vision becomes progressively more blurry, making it difficult to read, drive, or see details clearly. At Fishman & Sheridan eyeCare Specialists, we provide effective cataract treatment to restore your eyesight. Our doctors, Jeffrey A. Sheridan and Craig D. Fishman, perform cataract surgery at our ambulatory surgery center in Leesburg, FL. Patients from all three of our convenient offices in Leesburg, Eustis, and Clermont can receive treatment at our center.
Do I Need Cataract Surgery?
In the early stages, you may not notice any changes to your vision. As the cataract grows larger, however, you may begin to experience:
- Increasing difficulty with night vision
- Cloudy, dim, or blurred sight
- Light sensitivity
- Fading or yellowing colors
- Glare or “halos”
- Double vision in one eye
- Frequent prescription changes
Some patients also report that they need brighter lights to complete normal activities. Although glasses and contact lenses can offset these effects to some degree, surgery is the only way to permanently treat a cataract.
If you suspect you have a cataract, Dr. Fishman or Dr. Sheridan will assess your vision during an exam and determine if you are a candidate for surgery. At this time, we can provide you with a personalized cost estimate and address any concerns you may have about risks or side effects.
Our surgeons use advanced techniques to perform your cataract surgery as efficiently and conservatively as possible.
During cataract surgery, your doctor will replace the clouded lens in your eye with an intraocular lens implant (IOL). Before the procedure, we will take precise measurements and perform comprehensive testing to recommend the optimal IOL for you.
What to Expect on the Day of Your Procedure
We typically recommend patients arrive about an hour before their surgery. Our welcoming coordinator will check you in and then a member of our team will show you to one of our state-of-the-art surgical suites. You can remain in your normal clothes during the procedure.
Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure which generally takes about 10 minutes to complete. We will first ensure your comfort by administering intravenous (IV) sedation. Then, we will place numbing eye drops into your eye. Our surgeons use a phacoemulsification technique to break up the clouded lens and restore your vision. During the procedure, your surgeon will:
- Use sound waves to break up the hardened lens
- Gently remove the fragmented lens using an ultrasonic device
- Place the intraocular lens
Our surgeons use advanced techniques to perform your surgery as efficiently and conservatively as possible. We use self-sealing micro-incisions to avoid the need for sutures and minimize your recovery time. While it may take up to six weeks to completely recover from cataract surgery, many of our patients return to their normal activities within just a few days.
Cataract Surgery Recovery
Cataract surgery once called for days of hospital stay. Thanks to the significant progress in treatment, however, you can now spend the first night of recovery in the comfort of your own home. Moreover, cataract surgery patients can get back to their day-to-day life much sooner, enjoy a faster healing time, and experience less discomfort, all after a quick, safe procedure!
While it takes up to six weeks to complete the entire cataract surgery recovery process, most of our Leesburg, Eustis, and Clermont patients find they can resume their normal activities within just a few days of surgery. Your doctor will let you know how to prepare and what to expect in advance.
At first, side effects such as blurred vision or foreign body sensation should be expected. Your eye surgeon may recommend pain relievers to alleviate any discomfort or irritation of the eyes, which is normal in the first few days of recovery. If you feel a heightened sensitivity to light, which is also common, your doctor may prescribe wearing dark sunglasses. You may additionally need to take pills or use special eye drops to regulate the pressure inside the eye.
During recovery, our doctors stress the importance of your follow-up visits. These checkups will ensure that your cataract surgery recovery is progressing smoothly at our state-of-the-art Leesburg, Eustis, and Clermont locations.
Cataract Surgery Results
Your vision should begin to show improvement within a few days of the procedure. As your surgeon will tell you, successful cataract surgery leads to much clearer sight. For most cataract surgery patients, their positive outcomes make any risks associated with cataract surgery well worthwhile.
Patients with cataracts in both eyes may have to undergo two separate surgeries. Even so, cataract surgery recovery and results are generally the same for each eye.
The National Eye Institute estimates more than 50 percent of Americans over the age of 65 are affected by cataracts, a major cause of decreased vision. As cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed operations in the United States, it is also one of the safest. According to the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), 98 percent of all cataract surgeries are successful.
What Are Cataract Surgery Side Effects?
As with any surgery, the best way to control the unwanted effects of cataract treatment is to follow the recommendations of your Fishman & Sheridan eyeCare Specialists surgeon. Most of our patients report a minimal amount of discomfort during the swift recovery process.
Those who undergo the cataract procedure should understand that side effects in Leesburg, Eustis, and Clermont may be experienced initially after surgery. Standing by for patients, our surgeons can help if your eyes exhibit any of the following:
- Blurred vision
- Aching or tenderness
- Sensitivity to light
- Color distortion
- Bruising of the eyelid
- Fluid discharge
- Foreign body sensation
Luckily, these side effects are mostly temporary and minor; they can be resolved quickly either through natural healing or prescribed treatment. Understanding the recovery and risks involved with cataract treatment will prepare you to deal with any side effects or complications.
An Overview of Cataract Surgery Risks
At Fishman & Sheridan eyeCare Specialists, regaining vision lost to cataracts means becoming familiar with every aspect of the surgical treatment of the condition. As with any operation, complications – although rare – may arise, and it is important to weigh these possible complications against the benefits. When it comes to cataract surgery risks, our doctors in Leesburg, Eustis, and Clermont provide honest, straightforward information to our patients.
The most frequently performed operation in the United States, cataract surgery is especially common in people above the age of 52. Our experts regard the treatment as extremely safe, and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery has found that 98 percent of all cataract surgical procedures are, in fact, successful.
Although cataract surgery risks are rare among the suitable cataract removal candidates we serve in Leesburg, Eustis, and Clermont, the following complications may occur from surgery or lens implantation:
- Retinal detachment
- Secondary cataract
- Retinal swelling or clouding
- Development of glaucoma
- Displacement of the lens
The vast majority of complications and side effects—in the event they develop—can be effectively treated at our surgical center.
During your consultation, a Fishman & Sheridan eyeCare Specialists doctor will examine your medical history to make sure that you are a good candidate for surgery. This thorough evaluation, combined with your strict observation of your doctor’s orders after the cataract procedure, will significantly lower the risks.
As successful cataract surgery patients experience a relatively brief recovery period, you too could potentially resume your normal routine within a few days of the procedure!
See the World Clearly Again
As they progress, cataracts can impact every aspect of your daily life and make normal activities significantly more difficult. While you cannot prevent cataracts, more than 90 percent of patients who undergo cataract surgery regain useful vision. If you are struggling with cataracts, our team can provide safe, effective treatment. For more information, contact our office online, call (352) 360-2301, or visit one of our three locations today.