FAQs

Typical questions cataract patients ask

Does cataract surgery hurt?
Are there risks?
Will I be asleep during cataract surgery?
Who performs the procedure?
I have cataracts in both eyes. Will both be treated at the same time?
How long will I be at the surgical center?
How long before I can see after surgery?
How long until I can return to normal activities?
After surgery will I be able to drive at night?
Will I need glasses after cataract surgery?
Can my cataract come back?
Can my IOL be replaced if it doesn't work?
Do I need to take any special precautions after cataract surgery?

Typical questions LASIK patients ask

Can I eliminate my need for glasses completely?
Will I have to be without my contact lenses?
What are the long-term results of laser vision correction?
Does LASIK hurt?
What if I blink during the procedure?
What will I experience during the actual procedure?
What are my responsibilities after surgery?
Are there any common problems that are encountered after the procedure?
Will my eyes look different?
Will I need a “touch up” enhancement?

Questions and Answers

Questions about cataract surgery.

Does cataract surgery hurt?

No. Discomfort is minimal. Dr. Kraft gives you numbing drops and medications to help you relax.

Are there risks?
As with any surgical procedure, there are risks. Dr. Kraft will carefully explain the potential risks and benefits prior to any procedure.

Will I be asleep during cataract surgery?
No. Since this procedure does not take long, general anesthesia is unnecessary. Instead, Dr. Kraft will use a local or topical anesthetic to numb your eye and you will remain awake during the procedure. In most cases, "twilight sleep" is induced by an anesthesiologist to make you more relaxed.

Who performs the procedure?
Dr. Kraft will perform the procedure. There will be a technician and nurse in the room to assist him.

I have cataracts in both eyes. Will both be treated at the same time?
Dr. Kraft performs cataract surgery one eye at a time. Surgery is typically performed on the second eye two or three weeks following the first.

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How long will I be at the surgical center?
You will spend only a few hours at the surgery center, and will go home the very same day.

How long before I can see after surgery?
Every patient and every eye is different, but typically you will see well enough to drive the next day after surgery.

How long until I can return to normal activities?
Typically, you'll be able to resume normal basic activities like bending, lifting and showering by the next day. You should avoid any strenuous activity such as swimming for two weeks. Dr. Kraft will advise you on what is best for you.

After surgery, will I be able to drive at night?
Your ability to drive at night will be much enhanced.

Will I need glasses after cataract surgery?
In the clinical trials, 9 out of 10 patients receiving multifocal lenses reported NEVER having to wear glasses for distance, intermediate or near tasks after surgery. (Note that while patients receiving monofocal lenses no longer need glasses for distance viewing, most still will need glasses for intermediate or near vision.)

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Can my cataract come back?
No. Once a cataract has been removed it cannot return. However, over time, some patients may complain that their vision has once again become cloudy. This condition, which may occur with any type of IOL, is known as a capsular opacification or "PCO”. This cloudiness can be easily treated by a simple laser procedure.

Can my IOL be replaced if it doesn't work?
Although this would be unlikely, an IOL can be replaced with a different one if needed.

Do I need to take any special precautions after cataract surgery?
Every patient is different, so be sure to ask Dr. Kraft on proper care of your eye after the procedure. He will ask you to refrain from rubbing your eye or engaging in any strenuous activity and from swimming for a few weeks after surgery.


Questions about LASIK.

Can I eliminate my need for glasses completely?
The answer is YES and NO. Greater than 99% of my patients do not need glasses to pass a drivers license test. At some point after the age of 40, however, all of us will need glasses to read.

Will I have to be without my contact lenses?
Depending on the type of soft contact lens that you wear, you will have to stop wearing them for a period as short as one or two weeks. Rigid gas permeable contact lens wearers need to stop wearing them for a minimum of two weeks. In all cases, I will not proceed until I am sure that your corneal and visual measurements are stable. The information that is entered into the laser computer is dependent on the absolute accuracy of these reading.

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What are the long-term results of laser vision correction?
Excimer laser surgery has been performed since the 1980s. Long-term results show that this surgery is stable and that the health of the eye is not jeopardized.

Does LASIK hurt?
LASIK is virtually painless. During the procedure I administer topical anesthetic eyedrops to numb the eye. After the procedure and when the effect of the drops wears off, you will experience a slight dry feeling. You are given a pair of dark sunglasses to wear and I recommend that you relax and keep your eyes closed for three hours after the procedure to minimize further discomfort.

What if I blink or move during the procedure?
Your eye is kept open by an eyelid retractor. Three video cameras monitor your eye movement throughout the treatment. Should you accidentally move, the laser will automatically shut off. When it is safe to resume, the laser reactivates and the treatment continues.

What will I experience during the actual procedure?
The laser beam is an invisible ultraviolet light that is applied to your eye for anywhere from between five to 60 seconds. All you are required to do is look at a flashing light. There is no pain or discomfort.

What are my responsibilities after surgery?
Immediately following the procedure, you should keep your eyes closed (take a nap) for three hours. Use medicated eye drops as prescribed. You should protect your eyes from rubbing, poking and scratching. You should also avoid contact sports and swimming for two to three weeks. Post-operative visits are scheduled within the first 24 to 48 hours following your surgery - and again the following week.

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Are there any common problems that are encountered after the procedure?
Some patients report minor fluctuations in their vision usually associated with mild dryness. I have all my patients use artificial tears (eyedrops) for three to four weeks.

Will my eyes look different?
Your eyes will look exactly the same. With LASIK there are extremely faint scars on the cornea that can only be seen with magnification.

Will I need a "touch up" enhancement?
Approximately 5% of my patients return for a touch up. I do this when I believe I can safely and substantially improve the final visual result. This is performed at no charge during the first year. The national average for touch-ups is approximately 15-20%.

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