Q: What's the risk?
A: There are the general risk factors that are associated with any surgery, such as bleeding and infection.
In rare instances, the lens might not come out completely and could take a second procedure. Another rare occurrence is for a patient to suffer a detached retina.
Symptoms of retinal detachment include seeing specks that float about your field of vision. Although a retinal detachment doesn't cause pain, it is an emergency. You should contact your doctor immediately if you develop symptoms of a retinal detachment.
Q: What's the recovery time?
A: Your doctor might recommend you take at least one day off work. Sometimes, you can return to work or your usual routine within two days of your surgery.
Generally, you will heal within eight weeks. The bigger the incisions made during your procedure, the longer your recovery time could be. The time it takes for you to notice results will depend on the severity of the cataracts.
Q: Any follow-ups?
A: After surgery, your doctor will want to check on how you're recovering. This might mean checkup appointments at various time intervals.
The lens, if placed properly, is good for life, and the new lens generally doesn't get clouded.
In rare instances, a patient has had to have a lens replaced because it was removed from a trauma event, such as an air bag during a car accident.
Source: Dr. Ralph Hester of Dean McGee Eye Institute; The National Eye Institute; The Mayo Clinic.