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Tall Tales About Cataracts

Tall Tale: My cataract has to be “ripe” before I can have surgery

Allison R. Tyler, MD

Truth: Cataracts do not have to reach a particular maturity level.
The right time to inquire about cataract surgery is when you notice problems with your vision. Most people need surgery when the cataract interferes with their vision for work, play, and other daily tasks.

Tall Tale: You have to lie flat on your back for 24 hours after cataract surgery
Truth: You do not have to lie flat. You may sleep in any way that makes you comfortable as long as you keep the patch over your eye the first night after surgery.

Tall Tale: You can’t bend over after surgery
Truth: Bending over to do common household tasks is usually not a problem after surgery. You should avoid lifting heavy objects (more than 25 pounds), swimming, and eye rubbing for one week after surgery.

Tall Tale: I will have sutures in my eye after cataract surgery
Truth: No sutures are generally used for cataract surgery. The incision is so small that it heals without sutures.

Tall Tale: You get a shot in your eye during cataract surgery
Truth: No shots are given in the eye during cataract surgery. Most surgeries are performed with topical anesthesia and light (“twilight”) sedation. In some cases, after anesthesia is administered, an anesthesiologist will inject numbing medication in the area surrounding your eye in order to make your eye unable to see or move during the procedure.

If your vision is bothersome contact CarlinVision at 770.979.2020 or visit Our Board-Certified Ophthalmologists can determine the reason you are not seeing as clearly as you should. If you have a cataract, we will teach you about the condition and all your treatment options.