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Frequently Asked Questions about Eye Surgery

Eye surgery, or ocular surgery, is a surgical procedure that seeks to treat an eye condition. Some people opt to seek surgical treatment when eyewear or contact lenses aren't sufficient enough. Typically, an ophthalmologist or eye doctor will perform the surgery, using medical instrumentation or techniques during the operation. Here are some frequently asked questions about eye surgery.

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What can an Eye Surgery Treat?

Eye surgeries can cover a range of medical problems, from glaucoma to short-sightedness. 

What Kind of Eye Surgeries Are Available?

  • Laser surgery, a procedure that employs lasers to reshape the eye's surface.
  • Cataract surgery, a procedure that attempts to fix the cloudiness of an eye's lens.
  • Glaucoma surgery, a procedure that treats the disease that affects the optic nerves of the eyes.
  • Corneal surgery, a procedure that focuses on the cornea of the eye.
  • Refractive surgery, a procedure that corrects the refraction of light in the eye.
  • Vitreo-retinal surgery, a procedure that focuses on the retina or the vitreous tissue.
  • Eyelid surgery.
  • Orbital surgery.
  • Oculoplastic surgery.
  • Eye muscle surgery, a common procedure that corrects the issues within the muscles of the eye.

What Are the Risks of Eye Surgery?

The risks depend on what type of surgery you will be having. Complications can include pain, dry eyes, infection, glares, halos, and even vision loss. For most surgeries, these complications are rare. You can speak with your eye doctor about the potential risks of an individual surgery.

How is a Surgery Performed?

The doctor or medical staff will likely walk you through all the steps of an eye surgery. If you are feeling uncertain about a specific aspect of eye surgery, feel free to ask your doctor about it.

How Long do the Effects Last?

For many eye surgeries, the effects are permanent. For example, the impact of LASIK eye surgery may last you a lifetime. However, LASIK doesn't always prevent age-related deterioration of the eye.

How Long does it Take to Recover?

Recovery is an important stage that shouldn't be skipped, or else you risk infection. Your doctor may instruct you to avoid certain behaviors or activities in order to speed up the process of recovery. Healing time can last anywhere from a few days to several weeks.

Is Surgery Right for Me?

If you have a severe condition like glaucoma or diabetes, a corrective surgery may be required to improve eyesight. Children and pregnant are sometimes ruled out for eye surgeries due to the potentially dangerous side effects.

How can I Find a Quality Optometrist in Los Angeles, CA?

Call Westchester Eye Care Center today at (310) 670-1888 for more information about our services.