Cataract Treatments in Napa, CA

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What Can I Expect from Cataract Surgery?

It is quite normal to be nervous about cataract surgery but our highly trained team will do their best to put you at ease. Most patients will receive some intravenous sedation by a board-certified anesthesiologist to relax. We will also use a local anesthetic in your eye to keep you comfortable and ensure your surgery is as easy for you as possible. Once numb, we will use a specialized device to break up the cataract and carefully remove it from the eye. Afterwards, we will insert the clear artificial lens which will allow light to properly get to the retina for better vision. Many of our patients start seeing better within a few hours! We will prescribe medications, give you instructions on how to take care of your eye after surgery, and will schedule follow-up visits to ensure proper healing of the treated eye. Cataract surgery is usually performed one eye at a time, so we will assist in scheduling your second procedure at your convenience.

What Are Cataracts?

Cataracts are a common eye issue for most people; in fact, some 90% of people over age 65 have cataracts. They typically develop slowly over many years and begin to cause visual disturbances such as difficulty reading or driving. In the beginning, brighter lights or glasses can help minimize the symptoms, but over time, the cloudiness of the natural lens will progress, and surgery is typically necessary if you want to see better. Thankfully, cataracts are a very treatable condition. In fact, cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgery in the world, and your vision can be restored with a procedure typically lasting less than twenty minutes. We will make sure your procedure is as comfortable as possible.

Cataract Treatment FAQ

Is cataract surgery painful?

Patients are typically awake during cataract surgery, but they should feel little to no discomfort. Our team at Eye Specialists of Napa Valley will put you on intravenous sedation to ensure you remain at ease during your surgery. It is likely you will not remember the surgery. There may be some minor eye discomfort after your medications wear off, but this can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.

How long does it take to recover from cataract surgery?

Some patients are able to see an improvement in their vision within hours of the surgery. Full recovery may take around 4 – 6 weeks. Our team in Napa, CA, will follow up with you after surgery to check on your healing progress.

Do I need to have my lens prescription updated after cataract surgery?

You will likely need to revisit your regular eye doctor to have your lens prescription updated after cataract surgery. We have several premium lens options available at our center in Napa, CA, that can help reduce or eliminate your need for corrective lenses following surgery. Talk to your cataract surgeon about Premium IOLs.

What happens if I don't get cataract surgery?

Cataracts are a progressive eye condition, and if you do not receive cataract surgery, then your vision will likely continue to deteriorate. Your ability to perform routine tasks such as driving, reading, and working may be impacted. It is important to see our cataract surgeons in Napa, CA, and receive treatment to ensure you continue seeing clearly for years to come.

See Clearly And Cataract-Free

If you are experiencing symptoms of cataracts, like blurred vision, difficulty driving at night, or seeing halos or starbursts around lights, consider visiting us at Eye Specialists of Napa Valley. Our skilled team of ophthalmologists will evaluate you for cataracts. For more information about cataract surgery or to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified ophthalmologists, contact our Napa, CA ophthalmology office today.

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