what is Traditional Cataract Surgery?
Regarded as both incredibly safe and exceptionally dependable, traditional cataract surgery, or phacoemulsification, is among the most frequently conducted surgeries across the world. The highly experienced team of ophthalmologists at Baton Rouge Eye Physicians is exceptionally skilled in both traditional and laser cataract surgery and can determine which approach is most effective for patients by performing comprehensive exams and thorough analyses of their general health. The primary difference in the two methods is that traditional surgery is conducted using manually operated surgical tools, whereas laser surgery is essentially all done via state-of-the-art laser technology. Set up an appointment with our team at our practice in Baton Rouge, LA for more details about traditional cataract surgery. Our staff would be happy to go over your possibilities for cataract surgery.
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how is traditional cataract surgery performed?
Traditional cataract surgery is an outpatient treatment that usually takes about 15 minutes per eye. To start, we will numb the treatment area and secure a noninvasive device over each eye to prevent movement during surgery. Next, we will use a handheld surgical tool to create a microscopic incision at the edge of the corneal tissue. Then, a separate instrument will be used to insert the lens through the incision. This instrument disintegrates the clouded lens by emitting ultrasonic waves so it can be easily removed and substituted with a new artificial lens through the same incision. The opening is extremely small so it doesn't need stitches and will heal by itself quite smoothly.
It's normal for patients to experience a degree of cloudy vision for a few hours after the procedure, but this is merely an acclimation process as the rest of the eye and the brain get used to the artificial lens. Follow-up exams will also be scheduled based on the patient's recovery progress.
What can I expect after?
Once the surgery is complete, the patient is advised about thorough aftercare rules that will ensure the smoothest healing and recuperation. These rules could include points like appropriate use of any prescription eye drops, if an eye bandage will be required, advice on sleeping without disturbing the eyes, and not doing certain strenuous exercises. Dr. Peavy always performs a final brief eye exam before giving the okay for the patient to recover in the comfort of their home. It is common for cataract surgery patients to notice some wavy vision for an hour or so after the procedure; however, this is merely an acclimation period during which the eyes and the vision center of the brain get used to the new lens. A lot of patients who undergo cataract surgery notice bloodshot sclera (the white part of the eyes) and some bruising that looks like a black eye for a week or so after the procedure.
Patients who receive cataract surgery are expected to come back to Baton Rouge Eye Physicians within one day of their treatment for their first follow-up assessment, as well as for planning additional follow-ups, determined by each patient’s healing progress.
Traditional Cataract Surgery FAQs
What are the restrictions after cataract surgery?
Following traditional cataract surgery, you will need to take it easy at first. For the first couple of days, you should not drive, and you should avoid strenuous activities. Additionally, while your eye heals, we recommend not getting in swimming pools or hot tubs for the first week because you run the risk of infection.
How many days of rest do I need after cataract surgery?
In addition to following the restrictions above, you may need 1 – 2 days to recover. If you feel up to it, you can read, write, walk, or watch TV after your surgery.
Does insurance cover traditional cataract surgery?
Many insurance companies fully cover this type of surgery. However, we strive to provide high-quality care at an affordable price so you can get the eye care you need and deserve. We also take different payment plans to help make it easier for you.
Say Goodbye to Cataracts
At Baton Rouge Eye Physicians, our passion is preserving your vision and general eye health. All of us are here to make sure you understand all your treatment options and receive the best eye care based on your unique needs. If you have cataracts or believe you have the typical symptoms, contact our Baton Rouge, LA practice to arrange a consultation with our team to learn more about traditional laser cataract surgery.
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