Small Incision Cataract Surgery in Napa, CA

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what is small incision cataract surgery?

As the eye ages, proteins in the eye's natural lens break down and cause the lens to appear cloudy. This leads vision to be blurry and bright colors to appear dull or yellow. This breakdown of the eye's natural lens is referred to as cataracts. Cataracts usually develop slowly over time but can develop faster in people with diabetes or people who smoke. Currently, the only treatment for cataracts is cataract surgery. At Precision Surgery Center of Napa Valley in Napa, CA, our experienced ophthalmologists perform small incision cataract surgery to get patients back to seeing clearly again. 

Who are the Candidates for Cataract Surgery?

Candidates for cataract surgery usually have cataracts in one or both eyes and are in good general and ocular health otherwise. Prior to your procedure, you should have a thorough consultation with your cataract surgeon in Napa, CA so that you can give us a complete picture of your medical history while we discuss the risks and benefits of surgery. If you have additional eye conditions such as glaucoma, you should inform your surgical team of this during your consultation.

What to expect with Cataract Surgery

Before the surgery, your experienced ophthalmologist will measure your eyes to obtain the correct intraocular lens (IOL) focusing power so you are fitted with the best lens for your vision. Small incision cataract surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure at Precision Surgery Center of Napa Valley. You will be given eye drops or an injection to numb your eye and fitted with a special device to keep your eye open. Patients are usually awake during surgery but unable to feel pain or see anything. Once you are ready and comfortable, the ophthalmologist will create small incisions near your cornea. With tiny, precise instruments, your cataract specialist will remove the clouded natural lens and put the IOL into place. When the surgery is complete, you will be given thorough aftercare instructions that will aid in healing. Within 24 hours of your surgery, you will meet with your ophthalmologist at Precision Surgery Center of Napa Valley for a post-op appointment.

Cataract Surgery FAQ

Are you awake for cataract surgery?

Patients are typically awake for their cataract surgery in Napa, CA. Prior to the procedure, you will be given sedation medication to ensure you remain comfortable during your surgery.

Does cataract surgery hurt?

You should not experience any significant discomfort during your cataract treatment. You will be under mild sedation, and your eyes will be numbed with anesthetic eye drops prior to beginning your procedure.

How long does it take to recover from cataract surgery?

You may notice a significant improvement in your vision just 1 – 3 days following your cataract surgery. If you need new prescription lenses following surgery, you might have to wait until your eyes have fully healed, at least six weeks, before you can order new lenses. Your team at Precision Surgery Center of Napa Valley will give you aftercare instructions to ensure you heal well following your procedure.

Treatment for Cataracts

At Precision Surgery Center of Napa Valley, our mission is to enhance your eyesight and overall eye health. All of us are here to make sure you get whatever kind of eye care you might need. If you have cataracts or are experiencing the typical symptoms, call our Napa, CA office to plan an evaluation with our team, and explore this amazing, sight-saving surgery.

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