dsc01861A cataract is the clouding of the eye’s natural clear lens. As we age, the lens becomes cloudy and vision becomes blurred. Common symptoms of cataract include: blurry vision without pain, fading of colors, glare, light sensitivity, worsening night vision, and difficulty reading in dim light. Not everybody experiences these symptoms.


Both Dr. Grundy and Dr. Ehrlich diagnose cataracts and Dr. Grundy performs cataract surgery using the latest techniques and modern equipment. Surgery is performed on an outpatient basis.


When is a Cataract “Ripe?”

In addition, some people have cataracts and don’t experience any symptoms at all. When vision is interfering with daily functions like driving, reading, working, or hobbies, cataracts can be removed. This happens at a younger age for some people, and for others, not at all. Only when cataracts are causing vision problems for the patient do they need to be removed.


Cataract Surgery uses an Artificial Implant

dsc01837Cataract surgery has been revolutionized over the past few decades. In short, the cloudy natural lens is removed and an artificial lens implant is placed. The artificial lens is chosen based on the specific measurements of each patient’s eye.


There are many choices in lens implants and their powers. In addition, state of the art, or premium lenses, are now widely used to correct both distance and near reading vision.


Monovision, multifocal, and toric lenses to correct for astigmatism are excellent options. Our surgeons are happy to discuss these options, and help choose the right lens for you.


Scheduling Outpatient Cataract Surgery

Once a patient is diagnosed with a cataract, and surgery is planned, measurements of the eye are taken in our office. Each patient is given a preoperative surgery packet and is instructed to take eye drops beginning two days before surgery.


Cataract surgery is done on an outpatient basis at Snowden River Surgery Center. Only one eye is done at a time. Our office manager, Lynn Walsh and our Surgery Coordinator, Lizzie Bond schedule the surgery.


What Happens the Day of Surgery

On the day of surgery, patients report to the surgery center, and greet their surgeon in the pre-operative area. Once in the operating room, they receive “twilight” anesthesia as well as topical numbing drops. The procedure takes 10 to 20 minutes.


Afterwards, patients relax with a snack in the recovery room before going home. Patients will need a ride home from surgery. Once home, they take it easy and use prescribed eye drops. Cataract surgery is not usually a painful procedure.


Your Care After Surgery

All of the instructions are explained in person and printed on an instruction sheet. The next day, patients will see their surgeon in the office for the first post-operative check up. The second follow-up visit is given to them that morning.


While this seems like a lot of information, our office manager and surgical coordinator will guide each patient through this process step by step.