There’s no cause for alarm if you need cataract surgery, as this is in fact the most common surgical procedure performed in the United States. Cataracts affect more than 24.4 million Americans age 40 and older, so in the U.S. alone over 2 million cataract procedures take place every year. Cataract surgery can be handled quickly and securely by Dr. Siedlecki. Cataract surgeries have an extremely high success rate.
An anesthetist will administer intravenous sedation to keep you relaxed and sleepy throughout the entire process. Your surgeon will numb the eye with an anesthetic and create a tiny incision through which an ultrasound device will be inserted. This device will break up the cataract into small pieces which can then be suctioned out of the eye. In place of the original cloudy cataract, a new, clear artificial intraocular lens (IOL) will be inserted. The power of this IOL can be calculated to reduce and sometimes eliminate entirely your previous glasses prescription. This whole procedure takes approximately 10 minutes. You should not experience any pain, neither during nor after the surgery. You will not witness anything distressing, such as a scalpel or needle approaching the eye.
After the procedure, a patch will be placed over the eye and you will be asked to rest for a few moments. Patients can return home the very same day, but will need someone to drive them. The next day your eye will be examined to make sure it is healing properly. For a few days, you may experience itching, mild discomfort, tearing/watering of the eye, and sensitivity to light and/or touch. Dr. Siedlecki will prescribe eyedrops to help the healing process and to reduce the risk of infection. Most patients have good eyesight and return to their normal routine and physical activities within 2-3 days.
Your surgery will be performed at The Eye Institute, our on-site, office-based Ambulatory Surgery Center at 170 Maple Road, Williamsville. It is licensed by the New York State Department of Health and accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. We anticipate that our state-of-the-art eye surgery center in Orchard Park will be operational in the summer of 2022.