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5 Questions to Ask Your Cataract Surgeon

by dwasylow 30 March 2015 11:20 AM

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Undergoing any surgical procedure must be taken seriously. And the more information you have, the better choices you can make when comparing your surgical options. This is especially true when considering cataract surgery. Do your homework and ask as many questions as necessary until you are 100-percent comfortable proceeding.

Here are five questions to get you started…

Is now the right time for cataract surgery?

Being diagnosed with a cataract doesn’t necessarily mean you need surgery right away. In the early stages, cataracts may not negatively affect your vision. If, however, your vision is blurred, it’s time to act. Eventually, all cataracts require surgery.

What are my cataract surgery options?

Cataract surgery can either be performed via tradition surgical methods or laser assisted surgery. Laser-assisted cataract surgery is the preferred method for most patients, as it allows the surgeon to be more precise, limits patient discomfort and speeds recovery.

How many cataract surgeries have you performed?

Your eyes are precious, so you want to trust them to a surgeon with an excellent reputation and a successful track record. Like most things in life, there’s no replacement for experience. In North Central Florida, Dr. Gregory Snodgrass is among the most experienced, having performed more than 20,000 cataract surgeries.

What should I expect during recovery?

Recovery times, side effects and follow-up appointments are heavily impacted by the skill of the surgeon and the type of cataract surgery you choose. Laser-assisted cataract surgery and recovery are pain free. Limited trauma to the eye reduces side effects compared to traditional cataract surgical procedures.

How much will my vision improve?

With the cataract removed and a new prosthetic lens implanted, you can expect substantial vision improvement. With laser-assisted cataract surgery, patients often experience improved vision before even leaving the surgical center. Cataract-related vision problems are permanently corrected, but patients with other vision problems may still need to wear glasses or contacts.

If you suspect you have cataracts, contact Gainesville Eye Physicians today for a consultation. We’ll perform an evaluation, review your treatment options and answer any and all questions you have. We’re here to help you see clearly.

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