Additional biometry considerations for toric IOLs
How common is bilateral cataract surgery?
Routine ISBCS has been common there since 1996, and many hospitals currently perform ISBCS on 40% to 60% of cataract patients.
What is a bilateral cataract surgery?
That said, modern cataract surgery is very safe and effective, and the rate of cataract complications is very low. This has led to some surgeons to begin offering simultaneous (or sequential) bilateral cataract surgery (SBCS) — in other words, cataract surgery performed on both eyes on the same day.
Can bilateral cataract surgery be done?
Bilateral same day cataract surgery should routinely be offered to patients – Yes. A randomized clinical trial compared SDBCS with a waiting period of 2 months between procedures.
How long does bilateral cataract surgery take?
Uncomplicated cataract surgery usually takes no longer than about 10 minutes to perform. Immediately after the surgery, you will rest in a recovery area until you are less groggy from sedation or anesthesia. Typically this takes about 30 minutes to an hour.
Do you have to have cataract surgery in both eyes?
Although physically there is no reason why you cannot have cataracts in both eyes treated at the same time, it is generally not recommended. This is because it can take a number of weeks for the eyes to heal. During this time, your vision will still be compromised.
What is the best lens replacement for cataract surgery?
If you’re comfortable wearing glasses after cataract surgery, a monofocal lens may be the right choice. If you want to avoid wearing distance glasses after cataract surgery and have astigmatism, a toric lens might be appropriate.
Can you have 2 cataracts removed at the same time?
If you have cataracts in both eyes it may be recommended that both eyes are treated on the same day. This procedure is known as immediate sequential bilateral cataract surgery (ISBCS). ISBCS is usually only recommended for people thought to have a low risk of complications.
What are the do’s and don’t after cataract surgery?
Don’t do any heavy lifting or strenuous activity for a few weeks. Immediately after the procedure, avoid bending over, to prevent putting extra pressure on your eye. If at all possible, don’t sneeze or vomit right after surgery. Be careful walking around after surgery, and don’t bump into doors or other objects.
How long do cataract lenses last?
A cataract lens will last a lifetime, and the vast majority of patients do not experience any complications with their lenses after cataract surgery.
How long does it take to recuperate from cataract surgery?
After a couple of days, most of the discomfort should disappear. Often, complete healing occurs within eight weeks. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following: Vision loss.