Cataract Surgery in Louisville, KY
Cataract Surgery with Premium Intraocular Lenses in Middletown KY
Being told that you have a cataract that will require surgery is frightening to many people. This is why Dr. Burns and his staff are ready to answer all of your questions about what a cataract is and how it is removed in order to make the experience a pleasant one. We will let you know everything that is going to happen before, during, and after the cataract surgery so that there won’t be any surprises. We always feel that a well-informed patient will always have a better experience than a patient that is uninformed about what to expect.
Frank R Burns MD provides laser-assisted cataract surgery with premium intraocular lens implants and other treatment options at Middletown Eye Care for patients in Louisville, KY and surrounding areas.
Before Your Cataract Surgery
One of the most important parts of cataract surgery is the preoperative evaluation. During your exam, Dr. Burns will do a thorough medical evaluation of the eye which will include dilation of the pupils. This is done in order to evaluate the severity of the cataract and to assess the eye for any other diseases which may be present, such as glaucoma or macular degeneration.
Once it has been determined that you require cataract surgery in order to improve your vision, Dr. Burns will provide a detailed explanation of how the surgery is performed and the risks and benefits of the surgery. At this point, he will also discuss the newest technologies available, such as the ReSTOR®, Tecnis Multifocal, and Symfony extended range of focus lens, to help restore near and far vision following cataract surgery. After this, an ophthalmic technician will perform preoperative measurements on your eyes in order to help Dr. Burns pick the correct intraocular lens for your eye. The technician will also schedule a date and time for your surgery and answer any final questions that you may have.
Dr. Burns and his staff are available to discuss any questions that you may have prior to your surgery, so please contact us or call 502.245.0305 if you have any questions.
The Day of Cataract Surgery
Typically, you will need to arrive at the surgery center an hour to an hour and a half prior to your scheduled surgery. You will be examined by an anesthesiologist or a nurse anesthetist and an IV will be placed in your arm. Most patients will receive a mild sedative called Versed, in order to relax you. Your pupil will be dilated and anesthetized with eye drops in order for Dr. Burns to perform the surgery. Following this, you will be taken to the operating room and you will be prepped for surgery.
The surgery itself will take 10 to 20 minutes. During the surgery, Dr. Burns will give you simple instructions that are very easy to follow as you will be awake during the surgery. Some patients require more sedation during the surgery, and this will be determined by Dr. Burns. Most patients do not experience any sensation during the surgery, but occasionally, some patients may experience a feeling of pressure on the eye. This only lasts for a few seconds.
When the surgery is completed, you will be taken to the recovery area and given instructions on how to care for the eye after surgery. The eye will be covered by a clear plastic shield for protection. The shield is usually removed about three hours after the surgery.
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“I have been seeing Dr. Burns for many years. Two years ago I had to have a cataract removed and a year ago another. Dr. Burns replaced my lenses with toric lenses and I couldn’t be happier. First time in my life, no glasses.”
After Cataract Surgery
You will be able to return home about half an hour after the surgery. You will start using eye drops the afternoon of the surgery and continue using them for about three weeks following the surgery. You will use one kind of antibiotic drops and two kinds of anti-inflammatory drops. The antibiotic drops are typically stopped after a week and the anti-inflammatory drops are continued for three weeks. You will wear the clear plastic shield over the eye at night for about four nights in order to protect the eye. You will need to avoid any heavy lifting for about a week, but otherwise most people can return to normal activities, including driving, the day after surgery. Postoperative visits at Dr. Burns’ office are usually at one day, one week, and three weeks after surgery.