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Questions to ask before cataract surgery


Preparing for cataract surgery can feel overwhelming, and it’s normal to have questions. After all, nothing is more precious than your sight. An experienced ophthalmologist will walk you through all the answers to your questions, but it’s helpful to have a little background before your first appointment. Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions I receive.

What are the different types of cataract surgery?

The two main types of cataract surgery that we perform at Florida Eye Specialists are traditional and Femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS). Traditional cataract surgery is more manual and hands-on, whereas FLACS is less hands-on and relies more heavily on technology. However, both methods are highly effective and result in a quick recovery process.

The benefit of laser cataract surgery is that it creates a more precise and accurate outcome. This allows eye surgeons to correct a wide range of vision problems, including astigmatism, far- and near-sightedness at the time of cataract surgery. It gives you the option to correct two eye conditions with one procedure and reduces or even eliminates the need for glasses.

What are my lens options?

During cataract surgery, your eye’s cloudy natural lens is removed. Your surgeon will replace it with a clear artificial lens known as an intraocular lens (IOL). Today’s lenses offer crisper, higher-quality vision, and more function than ever — and there are more options than you think.

Whether you have astigmatism, need better nighttime or daytime vision, have had prior refractive surgery, or wish to see clearly without the use of glasses or contact lenses, we can customize your lens to your individual needs. You can even fine-tune your vision after cataract surgery with the Light Adjustable Lens.

How long does cataract surgery take?

Cataract surgery is one of the most common and safest surgeries in medicine. It takes only 30-45 minutes or less. Patients go home the same day as their procedure. Note that if you need cataract surgery in both eyes, you will undergo two separate operations. Our surgeons like the first eye to recover before they operate on the second.

What risks are associated with cataract surgery?

Although cataract surgery is extremely safe, as with any surgery, it is possible complications could occur. Symptoms like dry eye, blurred vision and eye pain are all common in the days following your cataract procedure. They are usually managed with prescription eye drops and resolve on their own in a few days or weeks.

Will I be in any pain after cataract surgery?

Most patients experience minimal pain or discomfort following their cataract surgery and can return to work or other daily activities within a couple of days following their procedure. As you recover, you may experience blurry vision, itching or minor discomfort. After all, your eye has just been operated on, and it will need some time to heal and adjust. However, your vision should improve, and symptoms typically subside within just a few days post-operation.

Schedule Your Cataract Consultation

If you have cataracts, you don’t have to suffer from blurred, dull vision or give up the activities you love. At Florida Eye Specialists, our eye surgeons use cutting-edge technology and premium lens options so you can see better than ever before. Remember, the earlier the cataract surgery is performed, the better the outcome. Take control of your eye health by making an appointment today.

Kenzo Koike, M.D., is a board-certified ophthalmologist at Florida Eye Specialists. For more information on Dr. Koike and his specialties in treating cataracts and glaucoma, visit or call 904-564-2020.