Cataract Removal Surgery Doctors in Reading, PA
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Cataract surgery involves removal of the cloudy natural lens of the eye and replacement with an artificial lens to restore clear vision. The skilled team of cataract surgery doctors at Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania in Reading, PA, bring you extensive training and decades of experience.
Common Questions about Cataracts
Q: What is a cataract?
A. Cataract refers to a clouding of the lens inside the eye. As we get older, proteins in the lens begin to break down, and the lens may become cloudy. This is called an age-related cataract. It may be mild, moderate, or severe. As time goes on, the cataract may cloud more of the lens. It may also become denser or more opaque, making it difficult to see clearly. Cataracts are not caused by overusing your eyes, and they do not spread from one eye to the other.
Q: Will a cataract disappear on its own?
A. There is no medication, laser treatment, or exercise routine that can make a cataract go away. Surgery is the only way to “cure” a cataract. If you are having problems with your vision, your doctor may recommend removing the cataract and replacing the cloudy lens with a clear lens implant. Cataract surgery is painless and precise. It is one of the most successful and safest procedures performed in the world.
Q: How long does cataract surgery take?
A. The surgery itself usually lasts less than 10 minutes. However, there will be some pre-surgery preparations and a short recovery period afterward, so you can expect to be in the surgery center for 1 ½ or 2 hours.
Q: Can both eyes be done at the same time?
A. No, if you have developed cataracts in both eyes, only one will be operated on at a time. The second eye is usually treated within a couple weeks after the first procedure. By performing separate procedures, you can maintain your normal vision in one eye while your other eye heals and improves.
Q: Does cataract surgery hurt?
A. Thanks to anesthetic eye drops and medications that help you relax, most patients experience minimal discomfort. It is normal to have some sensitivity or itchiness for the first day or two after surgery, but severe pain is rare.
Q: Will I be able to see immediately after surgery? When can I resume my normal activities?
A. Most people see well enough to drive the day after surgery, but each eye is unique. You should be able to resume reading and watching TV by the next day and return to work within two days to one week. Ask your doctor if you have other questions about exercise and activities.
Trust Your Eyes to Us
Trust your eyes to the experienced cataract removal surgery doctors in the Wyomissing, PA area. Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania has four convenient locations in Wyomissing, Pottsville, Pottstown and Blandon, and our board-certified and fellowship-trained surgeons are the best. We want you to be our next new patient, so give us a call to schedule your cataract consultation today.
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