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Cataract Surgery: What to Expect Before, During, and After

Over 24.4 million Americans over the age of 40 have cataracts, which gradually cloud the lenses in your eyes and impair your vision. Surgery is the only treatment for cataracts. Across the country, ophthalmologists performed over 3.8 million cataract surgeries in 2017. Chances are good that you’ll need cataract surgery someday. 

At Paragon Eye Associates in Arlington and Mansfield, Texas, our expert optometrists and ophthalmologists offer state-of-the-art custom cataract surgery. We use cutting-edge surgical technology, including the FDA-cleared LenSx® cataract laser, ORA with VerifEye+™ eye analysis, and a variety of intraocular lens (IOL) options that correct astigmatism and presbyopia, so you won’t need to wear glasses or contact lenses at all after your surgery.


Cataracts are an age-related condition that occurs when the proteins in the lenses of your eyes break down, and the fragments clump together and cloud your lenses. Your vision slowly becomes blurry, and colors don’t look as bright as they did before. Your eyes might feel more sensitive to light, and your night vision declines. 

Cataracts are progressive, which means they worsen over time. The good news is that the process is very slow. Most people start to develop cataracts in their 40s but don’t have any vision disruption for at least 20 years. We offer corrective lenses to help you see clearly with cataracts, but you might eventually need surgery to replace your clouded lenses. 

Before cataract surgery

Our team provides thorough exams and testing to monitor your cataracts and determine the right time for surgery. Your ophthalmologist needs to know if you have high blood pressure or take aspirin or other anti-clotting drugs.

Cataract surgery doesn’t usually cause much bleeding, but it’s always better to be safe. We might prescribe an antibiotic or anti-inflammatory eye drops before your surgery to lower your risk of any complications. 

During cataract surgery

Cataract surgery is a relatively quick procedure, done on an outpatient basis. You spend about three hours at our office, but the surgery itself takes only about a half-hour. We provide a sedative to keep you comfortable and relaxed during your surgery and numbing drops for your eyes. 

Your ophthalmologist uses ORA with VerifEye+ to map and assess your eye, and the LenSx laser to make a tiny incision to access and replace your clouded lens. We cover your eye with a protective shield when your custom cataract surgery is complete. You can remove the guard a few hours after your operation but should wear it while you sleep for at least a week.

You spend a half-hour in recovery for your sedative to wear off and receive aftercare instructions. Then a family member or friend can drive you home to rest and recover. 

After cataract surgery

Your vision will be blurry after cataract surgery as your eyes need to heal. Any blurriness should subside over the coming days and weeks. We prescribe antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eye drops to reduce your risk of infection and inflammation. 

You also have follow-up appointments so we can monitor your recovery and check your vision. In most cases, you have checkups at:

You can return to most sedentary activities within 24 hours of your cataracts procedure, but don’t drive until your ophthalmologist is satisfied with your visual acuity.

If you need cataract surgery, you can count on expert, customized treatment with our team at Paragon Eye Associates. Call our offices in Arlington or Mansfield, Texas, today to make an appointment. You can also send a message to the team here on our website.

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