Should You Get One Or Both Eyes Done Together For Cataract Surgery?


Having cataract surgery to fix your eyes is a lot like an older version of going through wisdom tooth removal. Some people will go through it in their lives, but the good news is that the procedure to fix it is an outpatient one that will let you go home the same day. Cataract surgery is safe and effective and can save people from a life of partial or full blindness. However, when you need cataract surgery, you may be given the option of having both taken care of together, or taking turns between them. If you're not sure which to pick, here's a look at the perks and why you may want to choose one over the other.

Severity of Cataracts

A big part of whether you choose to have your eyes taken care of together or not should be based on how poor your vision is right now. If you're already having extreme difficulty seeing, to the extent that reading or driving is difficult or impossible, you may want to consider getting both eyes treated at the same time. This can quickly restore your vision back to pre-cataract condition and get you back to living a normal life. Of course, only having one eye cared for at a time will restore some of your vision. However, if your vision is already so bad, it's a good idea to get it all taken care of at once so you can get back to living your life.

Day-to-Day Life

Another thing to take into consideration is what your day-to-day life is like. Some people find that their eyes are a bit more sensitive to daylight after having their cataract surgery. This is a short-term thing and won't last, but if it happens to you, it could impact you depending on what your life is like. For example, if you work a busy shift during daylight hours, the light could potentially irritate your eyes or make it hard for you to focus. In this instance, a good idea would be to only get one eye cared for at a time. That way, you can wear an eyepatch while it adjusts back to normal and not feel uncomfortable, since your other eye won't be treated yet.

Saving Time

Finally, if saving time is a big deal to you, getting both eyes done together is best. It'll get the procedure over and done within a few hours, and you can go home and begin the path to recovery and good vision right away. This will keep you from having to go back to the doctor repeatedly for more treatments. 

For more information, contact a local ophthalmology surgeon


12 April 2022

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