Cloudy vision caused by cataracts can be corrected with surgery.

cataracts

What is a cataract?

A cataract is a clouding of the lens in your eye. It affects your vision. Cataracts are very common in older people. By age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery. A cataract can occur in either or both eyes. It cannot spread from one eye to the other. Common symptoms are:

  • Blurry vision
  • Colors that seem faded
  • Glare – headlights, lamps or sunlight may seem too bright
  • Halo around lights
  • Not being able to see well at night
  • Double vision
  • Frequent prescription changes in your eyewear
Cataracts usually develop slowly. New glasses, brighter lighting, anti-glare sunglasses or magnifying lenses can help at first. Surgery is also an option. It involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with an artificial lens. Wearing sunglasses and a hat with a brim to block ultraviolet sunlight may help to delay cataracts.
Source: NIH: National Eye Institute

Cataract surgery

What is a cataract?

Andrew Hendershot, MD, an ophthalmologist at Ohio State's Havener Eye Institute, explains exactly what a cataract is and when cataract surgery is appropriate.

Cataract surgery advancements

Amit Tandon, MD, an ophthalmologist at Ohio State's Havener Eye Institute, details the advancements of cataract surgery.

Surgery FAQs

Surgery FAQs

Do I need to do any tests before my surgery?

At your refractive surgery consult, all necessary testing, including corneal topography, mapping and corneal thickness measurements will be completed. A few specific tests may be repeated if necessary on the day of your surgery. 

Do I need to take any additional medication?

Prescriptions for eye drops will be electronically sent to your pharmacy. These drops will be used after the surgery. Any questions about your drops should be directed to the main number: 614-366-1270.

Will I need a driver?

You must have a responsible adult that you know bring you to the surgery, preferably stay in the facility or at least check in with you and provide a contact number, and drive you home.

How should I prepare for surgery?

It is important to follow these precautions before arriving:

  • Wear casual, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Do not wear makeup, perfume or cologne.
  • Per hospital policy, please bring a photo ID, insurance card, and copay. 

What can I expect the day of surgery?

Before Surgery

You should arrive at least ten minutes prior to your surgery, or as directed by the surgeon’s office. Check in at the reception desk. The staff will complete your paperwork and ensure you are identified correctly for your procedure.

Your family members or support person will be able to watch the surgery if they so desire. It is important that your family members or support person stay in the facility during your surgical visit so we can find them if we need information or if a care team member needs to speak to him or her.

 

During Surgery

You will be taken back to the operating room from your private preparation area. The operating room staff will greet you and prepare you for surgery. We will ask you to confirm your identity and the procedure you are about to have. This is part of our patient safety practice to ensure you receive the appropriate treatment.

After Surgery

Once your surgery is complete, you will leave wearing clear eye shields to protect your eyes. The shields should remain on until the following morning. Expect about four hours of discomfort, and we recommend taking a nap during this time if possible. Patients are required to have a driver to get home safely. You will be scheduled to come back in for a post op visit with your doctor the following morning.

The only restrictions after LASIK are no eye makeup for two days, and to avoid swimming pools and hot tubs.

At Home

If you have any concerns during the evening, please contact your surgeon. If you have any emergency needs, please go to the closest emergency department. A nurse from the Outpatient Surgery Center will call you the next business day to check on how you are feeling.

Our first concern is your recovery and any medical issues you may have. It is important to us that we provided you exceptional care. We encourage you to ask questions or share concerns when we call you.

 
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