Cataract Surgery is the most common procedure in the US. However, there is nothing common about your eyes! It’s normal to be a little anxious about surgery. A little information about what to expect can help for sure. Although anesthesia and methods vary across the country, there’s a reason why so many people rate us so highly. Everyone is different so we have many ways to relax you before surgery. Our methods are typically more individualized and advanced than most places. So what we say here may not apply at other places. Here is what you need to know about what to expect after your cataract surgery with us.
The Day of Surgery
At our center the surgery, your time in the operating room is only 5-7 minutes. The total time spent at the center is 90 minutes. We like to say it’s the best happy you have been to. You are relaxed, and no breathing tubes are used. You simply don’t care and are relaxed. Most don’t need an IV and do great with medicine placed under the tongue for two minutes. You will need someone to drive you home. Some will have tape over their eye for 2 hours but most don’t.
The First Few Days
Most are seeing 90% better within a day or faster. With us, you won’t be taking multiple eye drops afterwards. We place those antibiotics in and around the eye at the time of surgery. The science behind going DropLessTM, is simply superior to using drops. It’s also $200 to $450 cheaper. Your eyes may feel a little sticky for the first few hours and cool artificial tears usually take care of that.
You will likely have two appointments with your doctor after your cataract surgery.
The first follow-up will be the day of or the day after surgery. The next appointment is usually two to three weeks later. These follow-up appointments are important and are an opportunity for the doctor to make sure that your eye is healing correctly. With us, our goal is no glasses and no drops afterwards.
If you have any other questions about cataract surgery or what to expect, contact us today for more information.
A Tampa Tribune reader’s poll has ranked him as Pasco’s Best Eye Surgeon for the last 3 years.
PatientsChoice.org has recognized him as one of America’s Most Compassionate Doctors for 9 years in a row (2009-2017). He again won the Patient’s Choice Award for the 9th year in row this year. Both awards are given to less than 3% of doctors and based on patient voting. Dr. Mahootchi was in the top 1% in 2017.