We've gathered a few questions we get on the topic regularly. Despite what you'll read here, always consult with your eye doctor before any surgery.
Without complications, cataract surgery takes 10 to 15 minutes. You’ll then recover for about 30 to 60 minutes from the anesthesia.
You should be able to return to most normal activities within a day or two of cataract surgery. Some patients report clear vision within a few hours.
Usually, you can have your second cataract surgery within one month (assuming a second surgery is needed.). Your surgeon will want to make sure everything is going well with the first eye before he operates on the second eye. Your doctor will let you know when you’ve recovered enough for the second surgery.
Cataract surgery isn’t especially painful, but you may get an anesthetic shot below the eye before you begin.
On average, cataract surgery costs $5,000 per eye. But it might go as high as $10,000 in some places. Most insurance covers the procedure.
If you have a board-certified and competent doctor, it shouldn’t make you go blind. Quite the opposite, you’ll see clearly once again.
You can’t keep from getting cataracts since it’s a process of aging. But you might be able to slow down the process by eating right, keeping your eyes shaded from UV light (the sun – wear sunglasses), and don’t smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol in moderation – or not at all. You should also get regular vision exams at least once a year.