What Happens if You Blink During Cataract Surgery?
If the lens inside your eye has become cloudy, you may want to consider cataract surgery. During cataract surgery in Reston, Dr. Griffiths removes the cloudy lens and replaces it with an artificial lens (called an intraocular lens – IOL) to restore clear vision. The procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis and does not require an overnight stay in a hospital or other care facility. The procedure itself usually lasts less than 15 minutes and is virtually painless.
Cataract surgery patients often worry about what may happen if they blink during the procedure. Although this is an understandable concern, there is no need to worry.
You will be given an oral medication prior to the procedure to help you relax during your surgery. Before you are taken into surgery, the area around your eye will be cleansed, and drops will be put into your eye to dilate the pupil. Once you are settled, Dr. Griffiths will begin by putting numbing eye drops in your eye. The eye drops act as an anesthetic. As you blink, the drops spread over your eye, numbing the surface. This allows you to feel no pain or discomfort during the surgery. When the eye is completely numb, an instrument will be used to hold your eye open while the procedure is completed. This instrument ensures that you will not blink during cataract surgery.
Cataract surgery is one of the safest, most successful surgeries involving the eye. Most people notice a significant improvement in their vision and can resume everyday activities within 24 hours after the surgery. However, depending on which intraocular lens you have implanted, it can take between two to six months to completely adjust and for you to achieve your optimal vision. Because IOLs are made of durable material, it’s rare that they need to be replaced.
To learn more about cataract surgery in Reston, contact NewView Eye Center to schedule a cataract surgery consultation. Call 703-834-9777 or visit Website to schedule your appointment today!