@Bluey do what the surgeon tells you to do You only have one pair of eyes - even if they will become somewhat bionic after the surgery, lol
- There are numbered levels to the degree the cataracts are. Mine were both a two, which made them ready to be removed.
A person can keep putting the surgery off until the number damage reaches a four, you’re nearly blind and the cataracts are then so bad there may possible be permanent scarring on the eye.
- I most certainly went to a reputable ophthalmologist who specializes in this type of surgery — right in the middle of Covid. Things went great because I went to the hospital’s satellite surgery center and they ran that facility like a well oiled machine.
2.1. My eyes were done one at a time, two weeks apart in case there may have been issues but it all went like clockwork.
2.1. I was wide awake, could see the doctor, the nurses and talked to everyone during the surgery. My eyes, however, were totally numb with absolutely NO FEELING.
2.2 When the surgeon removes the clouded human lens, an IOL (intraocular lens) is seated in its place. There are different types that perform different functions. You can google intraocular lens and read up on them:)
2.2.2. I wasn’t messing around and taking chances with the fancy stuff, so I chose the standard IOL, plus Medicare would only pay for the standard IOL. That meant I would still need eyeglasses but that’s ok because the first night I looked up at the sky and saw how very beautiful it was without that wall of cataract cloud, I did shed a few tears of thanks:)
- I was supposed to stay out of the barn completely for the entire time during both surgeries. DH still works full time, we were able to find someone to come and clean the stalls for thirty days.
I premixed the horses supplements at the house, DH fed them twice daily, and the neighbor cleaned the stalls better than I do, lollol
I did stay out of the barn for several days after each surgery but when I did go down I wore air tight construction goggles - not fun in the middle of summer but I wasn’t going to be totally stupid by risking barn dust in my eyes.
I also stayed off the tractors and didn’t do anything outside that involved stirring up dust or straining my eyes.
No running the vacuum and no lifting anything 25# or more. I think no bending up/down to clean was also a no-no, can’t remember.
3.1. If you currently wear glasses or contacts, they won’t work after the surgery so go to Walmart and look for a OTC corrective lens and some “cheap sunglasses” until the surgeon deems you healed enough to get prescription glasses.
- The surgeon will send you home with eye meds and an eye cup that you MUST tape to your new eye when you go to sleep. This is so the eye doesn’t get crushed during sleep and risk moving the IOL out of place. I wore mine for seven days even though they said I didn’t have to.
4.1. I had a chart that I had to keep track of the eye meds daily. Early after the surgery I think I had four sets of drops and they gradually tapered off.
I discovered in all of this that I have ocular hypertension which means I have eye drops for that for the rest of my life. It doesn’t mean you have that, I’m just mentioning it because my eyes are fine as long as I remember to use the drops every day.
I am on Medicare and they paid every penny of the surgery. However, they on,y allowed $130? for eyeglasses and the frames that fall into that category were just plain Fugly.
To reiterate as long as the eye surgeon has a long standing BTA rating with his peers and his clients and as long as you don’t wait until your cataracts have reached a level four, there’s nothing to worry about.
You will need someone to drive you home. I’m a person who could go to work after having root canals without anesthetic but I would not attempt to drive myself home after cataract surgery.
This was probably way more than you wanted but you asked, lollol