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Cataract FAQ's | Cullom
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Main: (757) 345-3001
LASIK/Cataract Consults: (757) 771-1543

What causes cataracts?
Although cataracts usually develop on their own as part of the natural aging process, there are other factors that can contribute to cataract developing earlier or at an accelerated rate.
These include:

  • Genetic inheritance
  • Eye injuries
  • Certain diseases (such as diabetes, glaucoma)
  • Smoking
  • Frequent and unprotected exposure to the sun’s rays
  • Certain medications

When is it time to have cataract surgery?
When cataracts are causing vision difficulties that affects your ability to perform daily activities including driving at night, reading and when headlights and sunlight are causing glare it may be time for cataract surgery. You should not have to adjust your lifestyle due to fading vision when you have such an advanced procedure available performed by the some of Hampton Roads most well-trained and experienced surgeons.

What happens during cataract surgery?
During this outpatient procedure, topical and light anesthesia will be used, ensuring that you will remain relaxed and comfortable as your surgeon removes the cloudy lens and replaces it with an Intraocular Lens (IOL). There are no stitches and with Laser Cataract Surgery recovery is quicker than ever before with most patients seeing better the very next day.

What is recovery time like?
You will return home and relax for the remainder of the day after your procedure. Most patients report improvement in their vision as soon as the next day – you may even watch TV and read at this time. You should be able to resume normal activities, such as working or driving, within just two to three days. It’s important to follow your doctor’s instructions, use your medications as prescribed and keep your follow-up visits.