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Cataract Surgery

Cataract Surgery

Cataract Surgery services offered in Sacramento and Folsom, CA

If cataracts affect your ability to see clearly, even with eyeglasses, surgery may be necessary to restore your vision. The expert ophthalmologists at Eye Site Sacramento have extensive experience performing cataract surgery at their state-of-the-art office in Sacramento and Folsom, California. Don’t wait for your vision to decline before seeking care for cataracts. Call the nearest office today or schedule an appointment online to find out if cataract surgery is right for you.

Cataract Surgery Q & A

What is cataract surgery?

Cataract surgery replaces your natural lens with an artificial lens. A cataract causes the natural lens in the eye to cloud and fog over. Without treatment, the cloudiness can become so dense that it leads to vision impairment. Cataracts remain the leading cause of blindness worldwide.

Early intervention is essential to preserve your vision and prevent cataracts from progressing. The ophthalmologists at Eye Site Sacramento provide comprehensive care for cataracts and offer premium lenses if you need surgery.

Why might I need cataract surgery?

Cataract symptoms may be subtle at first, but most patients experience worsening vision over time. Signs and symptoms of cataracts typically include:

  • Seeing faded colors
  • Blurred vision
  • Double vision
  • Difficulty seeing at night
  • Seeing halos
  • Needing to change eyeglass prescriptions often
  • Sensitivity to bright lights

If your vision affects your ability to see clearly in your daily life, it may be time to consider cataract surgery. Your ophthalmologist at Eye Site Sacramento performs comprehensive testing to determine whether you need surgery for cataracts. 

How do I prepare for cataract surgery?

You can expect to visit Eye Site Sacramento for a pre-operative exam before cataract surgery. About one week before your procedure, your ophthalmologist performs an ultrasound test to determine the best intraocular lens (IOL) for you. The practice offers multiple types of premium lenses, including multifocal and toric IOLs.

If you have an underlying health condition like diabetes, your ophthalmologist may issue careful pre-op instructions. They may also prescribe antibiotic eye drops to protect your eyes during surgery.

It’s important to arrange a ride home after cataract surgery, as you can’t drive. You may also need to avoid eating and drinking for up to 12 hours before the procedure.

What can I expect during cataract surgery?

After administering an anesthetic, your ophthalmologist makes an incision in your cornea with a scalpel or laser device to remove the natural lens. The practice uses the LenSx® laser system to ensure the best outcomes. They insert the IOL through the same incision to restore your vision. Most patients don’t need stitches after cataract surgery. 

You may experience irritation, redness, and swelling for a few days after your procedure, but these side effects should resolve quickly. Most people heal from cataract surgery within six weeks.

Call Eye Site Sacramento today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about cataract surgery.