Cataract Surgery in Fredericksburg

Cataract Surgery in Fredericksburg

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Don’t Let Cataracts Cloud Your Vision

Over 50% of people aged 65 and older have a cataract in one or both eyes. As the cataract progresses, vision deteriorates, leading to a decreased quality of life. Fortunately, cataract surgery can easily treat this condition.

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What Are Cataracts?

Cataracts are cloudy patches that develop on the lens of your eye. Cataracts can cause blurred or double vision, may increase light sensitivity and interfere with driving, especially at night. Without cataract surgery, millions of people around the world would be unable to see clearly.

The most common symptoms include:
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Trouble seeing at night
  • Sensitivity to glare
  • Colored halos around lights
  • Colors appearing more faded
  • Requiring brighter light for reading

When to Get Cataract Surgery

As we evaluate your eye health and vision, we'll carefully examine your lens for signs of cataract formation. If a cataract is detected and the clouding is causing visual disruption, our optometrist will refer you to a trusted surgeon for cataract surgery. Premier Eyecare, Angela Tsai, O.D. and Associates will be there for you, providing pre and post cataract surgery care.

As the condition begins to seriously impair your vision and adversely affects your daily life, impacting your ability to read, drive, watch TV or recognize faces, you should seriously consider surgery.

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Benefits of Cataract Surgery

  • High success rate

    Cataract surgery, one of the world’s most commonly performed surgeries, has a 95% success rate.

  • Quick and convenient

    This procedure can take just 30 to 45 minutes in an outpatient setting or hospital.

  • Prevents other eye problems

    Removing cataracts can reduce the risk of eye inflammation and pressure inside the eye–a leading cause of glaucoma.

  • Rapid recovery time

    Patients start seeing more clearly within a few days. Colors may seem brighter thanks to the new, clear lens.


How to Prepare for Cataract Surgery

  • Apply antibiotic or anti-inflammatory eyedrops a few days before surgery if instructed to by your eye doctor
  • Arrange for a ride after the surgery, since you won’t be able to drive
  • Wash your face in the morning of the procedure and don’t wear eye makeup, strong perfumes or aftershave

What Happens During Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery removes your natural cloudy lens and replaces it with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) to improve and restore vision. This common and very safe procedure is performed by an eye doctor (ophthalmologist) on an outpatient basis.

  • The eye surgeon (ophthalmologist) will perform cataract surgery on one eye at a time. That means that you will come in for another surgery on the second eye. The procedure is brief and typically takes 30 to 45 minutes to complete.
  • The eye doctor will place drops into your eyes to numb them and dilate your pupils. Though you’ll be conscious during the procedure, you may be offered a sedative to help you remain calm. The eye surgeon will then remove your natural lens and replace it with the IOL. You should feel no pain or discomfort thanks to the anesthetic.
What Happens During Cataract Surgery

Cataract Surgery After-Care

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After surgery, you may feel a bit drowsy as an after-effect of the sedative. Your eye doctor will prescribe eye drops to prevent infection, inflammation and to reduce pressure within your eye. The surgeon may recommend that you wear an eye patch for a few days after your surgery and the protective shield when you sleep during the recovery period. Make sure to avoid rubbing your eyes or touching them unless necessary.

A day after cataract surgery, we'll provide a post-operative eye exam to make sure that all is well. Your Fredericksburg optometrist will further perform a series of follow-up exams in the weeks and months to come. If determined that you require corrective lenses following your cataract surgery, we'll make sure you get the proper prescription.


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Cataract Surgery Management FAQs

What are side effects of cataract surgery?

While side effects are rare, there are some issues that people commonly encounter in the days after surgery, as the eyes heal.

  • Dry eye
  • Feeling that something is in the eye
  • Blurry vision
  • Light sensitivity

If any of these side effects do not subside within a week or two, please contact Premier Eyecare, Angela Tsai, O.D. and Associates.

Can I delay cataract surgery

You can delay cataract surgery, but keep in mind that your vision will likely worsen the longer you put off the procedure.

When is cataract surgery not recommended?

Cataract patients who also have age-related macular degeneration or retinal detachment may not respond well to cataract surgery and the new lens may not correct vision.

Can cataract surgery give me 20/20 vision?

If you had great vision before developing cataracts, it’s likely that cataract surgery will restore your sight. Moreover, the IOL inserted into your eye can be designed to correct refractive errors, providing you with clear vision.

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- Jun. 13, 2024
Everyone is professional, kind, and on point! I appreciate all of the above. Dr. Tsai is knowledgeab... le and love her style! 💕
- Jun. 05, 2024
Dr. Stephanie Lambertson and the entire team were very friendly and thorough on my issue. The front ... staff was extremely helpful and kind. I will definitely be coming back for any and all eye care I may need.
- May. 29, 2024
Dr Church and staff were very thorough, caring. and efficient.
- May. 21, 2024
Dr. Tsai and her staff are awesome. Everyone is very friendly and helpful with answering questions. ... Dr. Tsai puts you at ease immediately and walks you through any issues or questions you may have. She's also wonderful with kids. Highly recommend!
- May. 16, 2024
Dr. Stephanie Lambertson was excellent. The optometry technician who works with her was also very go... od. There was also very little wait time.
- May. 11, 2024
Dr. Tsai and her staff are the very best in the region. My family of 4 drives 1 hour each way to her... location because of our incredible experience and vision success. 5 Stars. Thank you Dr. Tsai!!!
- May. 07, 2024
My wife and I were recently seen by Dr. Church at Premier Eyecare, and as usual, we received top tie... r service, attention, and care upon reception, throughout the appointment, and also with the optical technician providing expert fitting and measurements for our glasses that we ordered. We highly recommend this practice to everyone.
- May. 04, 2024
They have given me the most accurate eyeglass prescription I have ever had using the Neuralrns techn... ology. Also, detected glaucoma and got my eye pressure down from 27 mmHg to 15 mmHg in 1 month of treatment. I credit them with my new higher quality of life and can't thank them enough for saving my eyesight.
- May. 02, 2024
Everyone was super friendly. They even enjoyed my dad jokes.!
- May. 01, 2024
Dr. Church is absolutely fantastic. He is able to easily work with my four year old son and interact... with him to do a full eye exam. He has a way of keeping my child's attention and I’m confident the glasses he has are a correct prescription. Everyone at Premier Eyecare is always kind and helpful to my family.
- May. 01, 2024
Excellent doctor, explained all issues in language I understood, exercised patience and the office s... taff was also excellent.
- May. 01, 2024
Professional and friendly. I will happily recommend to everyone
- Apr. 30, 2024
Dr. Church is a very caring and concerned practitioner. He verifies your current condition then adv... ises you on next steps. Easy to understand and very friendly.
- Apr. 29, 2024
Excellent care.
- Apr. 19, 2024
Great service. Took me in shortly after I arrived and reported in.. Everyone was kind and profession... al. Would recommend them to my family and friends.
- Apr. 18, 2024
I was a new and unannounced patient. My contact had split and part of it was stuck in my eye. They l... et me right in and took care of everything. Very professional and very skilled both by all the staff and the provider.
- Apr. 17, 2024
My child needed an emergency appointment for something on her eye. The staff were compassionate and ... went out of the way to help us. She received the best care! Dr treated her quickly and kindly; explained everything and we both left feeling relieved (and better). Absolutely wonderful experience.
- Apr. 16, 2024
Dr. Church is a great Dr. very thorough and easy to talk to. Explains everything.
- Apr. 16, 2024
Dr. Church is a great doctor and highly recommended to anyone!
- Apr. 12, 2024
A great experience as always. Receptionist was great, Dr Church was very professional and figured ou... t my problem. Check out was very helpful. Definitely recommend!

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