Frequently Asked Questions

Q.   Are there needles involved with Cataract Surgery and will the surgery hurt?

A.       Cataract surgery is typically performed without any needles whatsoever, either around the eye or in the arm for sedation.  Anesthetic eye drops are placed on the eye which totally numb the eye and a liquid is placed under the tongue which is absorbed into the circulation to totally relax the patient.  Only occasionally is an I.V. needed for sedation.  In essence, cataract surgery is not only essentially needle-free but painless as well.

Q.   Can both eyes be treated on the same day?

A.        Absolutely not.  The chance of infection is small and Wolf Eye has a stellar infection control program but it is still a risk.  We would rather operate on one eye and make sure the result is good before we operate on the other for your own safety and our piece of mind.

Q.   Do I have to go to a hospital for this procedure? 

A.        Wolf Eye Associates has the only eye ambulatory surgery center in the area.  This allows you to have your surgery without going to the hospital thereby avoiding all of the operative testing and blood work typically performed in a hospital setting but not needed for eye surgery in the Wolf Ambulatory Surgery Unit.  We offer a far more comfortable surgical experience and a much shorter stay.  From the time you arrive at the ambulatory surgery center until the time you go home is typically 90 minutes.  Our qualified staff will make you feel right at home while you are here.

Q.  Will I have many restrictions after surgery? 

A.       On the day you have your surgery you should plan not to drive and generally just take it a bit easy.  During the first week you should avoid dirty environments and heavy lifting or straining.  You should also avoid getting dirty, soapy water in the eye.  You can certainly be up and around and perform many tasks quite quickly after cataract surgery at Wolf Eye Associates.

Q.   Will I need glasses after Cataract Surgery? 

A.      If you have the traditional lens implant you will need glasses.  If you invest in the latest lens implant technology and have the Crystalens implant, you should be out of glasses most of the time.  Some people need glasses for some tasks especially for reading very tiny print but go without glasses essentially most of the time.

Q.   How long does the implant last?

A.      The implant should last a lifetime after surgery!

Q.   Can I have my cataract removed by laser? 

A.      That is a common misconception.  A cataract cannot be removed by laser treatment.  An incision must be used to remove the cataract from the eye.  Lasers are sometimes necessary 3 months or more after cataract surgery to remove a cloudy capsule that forms in approximately 50% of cases.  This is a very common procedure and can also be done efficiently and painlessly in our office.