ServicesCataract Surgery

Cataract Surgery

1. What is this service/procedure? Can you give me a simple ONE sentence description?

During cataract surgery, your cloudy natural lens is removed and replaced with a clear artificial lens.

2. Who is this service/procedure for, who needs it, who will benefit from it?

To function well the lens in your eye should be clear. When someone has a cataract, it means that the lens in that eye is cloudy. A cloudy lens makes it difficult for you to see (impairs vision) because it prevents light from passing through. Having a cataract can be like looking through a dusty window. Things look blurry, hazy or less colorful. Your ophthalmologist will recommend removing a cataract when it keeps you from doing things you want or need to do.

3. What is the purpose of this service/procedure?

Removing the cataract and replacing it with a clear artificial lens allows you to see more clearly.

4. What should the patient expect to happen during this service/procedure? What is the experience going to be like?

The only way to remove a cataract is with surgery. During cataract surgery, your cloudy natural lens is removed and replaced with a clear artificial lens called an intraocular lens (IOL). Your ophthalmologist will talk with you about IOLs. Cataract removal surgery may be done in an outpatient surgery center or in a hospital. Here is what happens during phacoemulsification cataract surgery: Your eye is numbed with eye drops (or with an injection). You may also be given a medicine to help you relax. You will be awake during surgery. You may see light and movement during the procedure, but you will not see what the surgeon is doing inside your eye. Your surgeon will make tiny incisions (cuts) near the edge of your cornea (the clear covering on the front of your eye). The surgeon uses these incisions to reach the lens in your eye using very small instruments. An ultrasound instrument is used to break up the center of the cloudy lens and suction it out. Then, your new lens is put into place. Usually your surgeon will not need to stitch the incisions closed. These “self-sealing” incisions eventually close by themselves over time. A shield (patch) will be placed over your eye to protect it while you heal from surgery. You will need to rest in a recovery area for about 15–30 minute before you can go home.

5. How long does this procedure usually take?

Cataract surgery typically takes 10-12 minutes.

6. Is this service/procedure conducted with local or general anesthesia?

Usually local anesthesia is used for this quick procedure. Your surgeon will discuss options with you.

7. What should you (the patient) do BEFORE this service/procedure?

Before surgery, an ophthalmic assistant or technician will measure your eye to select the proper size of IOL for you. You will be assessed to determine if you are fit for local anesthetic. You will be asked to take all of your medications and have a light meal before coming for surgery. Some medications may need to be temporarily stopped before surgery.

8. What should you (the patient) do AFTER this service/procedure?

No answer given. Please contact us for more information.

9. Is there anything else the patient needs to do in preparation for this service/procedure?

Do not plan on driving yourself home. Make arrangements for transportation home.

10. Who will carry out this service/procedure?

Many professionals will be involved. These will usually include a surgeon, a scrub nurse and ophthalmic assistants.

Locations Offering this Service

Goodhealth Medical Centre #7 Fitzblackman Drive, Woodbrook