If blurry vision from cataracts is affecting your quality of life, it might be time to pursue cataract surgery. After gathering a list of reputable surgeons in your area and narrowing it down to a few, you should meet with them to learn more about the surgery and their approach. Ultimately, you want to select a doctor that answers all of your questions and makes you feel completely comfortable. To guide you during your consultations, Mark Mandel, MD, a cataract surgeon serving the Bay Area with offices in San Jose, Hayward, Castro Valley, and Concord, has compiled a list of questions you should ask.
How will cataract surgery improve my vision?
Cataract surgery involves removing the naturally cloudy lens and replacing it with an artificial lens to restore clear vision and focus. Your cataract surgeon should be able to give you an idea of the type of visual results to expect after cataract surgery, and how soon after surgery you can expect to see improvements.
What happens during surgery?
Your surgeon can take you through the procedure step-by-step, explaining how the lens is removed and how the lens implant is placed.
What type of technology do you use?
Some surgeons only perform traditional cataract surgery using standard surgical instruments. Other surgeons also offer laser-assisted cataract surgery, in which lasers replace some of the surgical instruments which may enhance the precision and accuracy of the procedure. You can ask your surgeon what technology they use and which approach they recommend for your case.
What are my lens implant options?
You have many choices with regard to the lens implant that replaces your natural lens. Your cataract surgeon should be able to explain the lens implant that s/he feels is most appropriate for your visual needs, lifestyle and budget.
What is the cataract surgery recovery like?
You should be sure to ask your surgeon about the length of recovery and what to expect as your eyes heal. Ask questions about when you can bathe, drive and resume work after surgery, and how soon after surgery follow-up visits are normally scheduled.