Ridgeview partners with Ophthalmology Associates and Southwest Eye Care to offer cataract surgery at its Arlington and Le Sueur campuses.
Cataract surgery is performed by an eye doctor (ophthalmologist) on an outpatient basis, which means no hospital stay is required.
When Cataract Surgery is Needed
The normal lens of the eye is clear (transparent). As a cataract develops, the lens becomes cloudy. This blocks light from entering your eye. Without enough light, you cannot see as clearly.
Cataracts are painless. They are most often seen in older adult, although in rare cases, children may be born with them. Cataract surgery is usually recommended if the cataracts significantly impact the quality of your vision. Your eye doctor will help you decide when surgery is right for you.
The surgery lasts less than half an hour. Most times, the surgery is done on just one eye. If you have cataracts in both eyes, your doctor may suggest waiting at least one to two weeks between each surgery.
After the Procedure
Before you return home, you may receive the following:
- A patch to wear over your eye until the follow-up exam
- Eye drops to prevent infection, treat inflammation, and help with healing
You will need someone to drive you home following surgery.
You will usually have a follow-up exam with your doctor the next day. If you had stitches, you will need to make an appointment to have them removed. Recovery takes about two weeks.