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October 27, 2013

VETERANS’ CORNER: Take a good look before undergoing cataract surgery


During the actual procedure, there will be several people in the operating room in addition to the ophthalmologist. These include anesthesiologists and operating room technicians. The actual removal of the clouded lens will take approximately 20 minutes. After completion of the surgery, sensations of pressure from the various instruments used during the procedure will be noticeable.

After leaving the operating room and brought to the recovery room, the doctor will prescribe several drops that will need to be taken for a few weeks. While there might be discomfort, most patients do not experience significant pain following surgery. If decreasing vision or pain continue, the ophthalmologist should be contacted immediately. While cataract surgery is one of the safest procedures available, with a high rate of success, rare complications can arise.

Please research a doctor thoroughly before making a commitment. Cost being a consideration, health should always take precedence. Remember, “You get what you pay for.”

Speak to you again next week.

Jim Vines is commander of AmVets Post 133.

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