Greetings again my dear friends and readers!
My first cataract surgery is done. I’m a week post-op as of today and everything went fine. There were no complications and my sight is already better. I have the second one done next week.
The way the process goes is that the patient has to scrub their eyelids with a special pad every night and start adding medical eye drops to their eyes starting two days before surgery. When the patient goes into surgery the staff places him or her under sedation and adds more drops to the eye, including those which will anesthetize the eye for the surgery. The doctor then makes a tiny incision into the eye and breaks up and removes the affected lens with a special tool. The doctor then replaces the lens with an artificial one. Be advised that insurance generally will only cover the cheaper monofocal lens, so you would have to pay out of pocket for the multifocal ones. It’s all over in a few minutes and I was in and out of the clinic in a little over an hour.
After the operation there’s no more scrubbing the eyelids as this can cause the incision to reopen with disastrous consequences. The patient wears a guard over the eye the first day and then uses it for sleep and naps. The drops continue afterwards, in my case for about six weeks. One avoids lifting heavy things for at least the first week after and avoids bending over or any other activity which may increase the pressure in the eye.
It’s great to be getting it over with. I’ll let you know how it works out when everything is done.