Top 5 Questions To Ask Your Surgeon About Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery picture - LocateADocCataract is the condition when the eye’s natural lens becomes clouded. Like all surgeries, cataract surgery does pose some risks, but it is mostly a safe procedure with 98% of all surgeries completed without any serious complications. Statistically that is a pretty amazing track record when it comes to surgery.

However, arming yourself with the right questions to ask your surgeon before the surgery cannot only help to ease your peace of mind, but it also will help ensure your safety and speedy road to recovery. So here are some invaluable questions to ask your surgeon before your cataract surgery.

What To Ask Your Surgeon Before Cataract Surgery

1. What Type Of Cataract Do I Have?

William S. Goldstein, MDAccording to Shelby Township, MI ophthalmologist Dr. William S. Goldstein, this is a key question to helping you understand your condition. Goldstein said, “Knowing about the type of cataract can help understand the underlying causes for it.” This knowledge will aid you in taking any preventative measures you may need to take going forward after the surgery.

2. What are my treatment options besides surgery?

Although cataract surgery is relatively safe, no surgery is often the safest surgery. Make sure that you discuss the pros and cons of various treatment options before deciding to go ahead with the cataract surgery.

3. Which procedure will be done?

There are various types of surgical approaches to treating cataracts. Each method has different implications as to recovery and success rates. Your doctor likely will tailor the treatment according to the severity of your condition, but it is a good topic to discuss never the less.

4. Which type of lens replacement is best for my condition?

The most popular form of lens at this point is the intraocular lenses, or IOL, a lens that is put in during the cataract surgery. However, there is the option to cover it with a contact lens or use glasses instead although these options are not as common.

5. What type of anesthesia will be used?

The type of anesthesia that puts you under, general anesthesia, is not needed for cataract surgery. Usually a local or topical anesthesia will be used, and you’ll be able to go home the same day. If the doctor is suggesting a general anesthesia find out why, and if you don’t agree, perhaps seek a second opinion. Although complications with general anesthesia are rare, it is good to avoid using it when not needed.

To find a qualified ophthalmologist to perform cataract surgery, find a doctor in your area and get a consultation to learn more about its benefits.

Further Reading

  • An innovative new laser that may effectively remove cataracts was presented at the American Academy of Opthalmology (AAO) annual meeting in October 2009. The laser is currently undergoing clinical trials, and if it makes it to market, will be the first commercialized technology available for treating cataracts.