What is a cataract?
A cataract is the clouding of the eye’s lens, located inside the eye behind the pupil. A cataract is one cause of cloudy or blurry vision.

What causes a cataract?
A cataract is a normal part of aging. In addition to aging, a cataract can be a result of trauma, certain eye diseases, or retina surgery.

What are the symptoms of cataract?
A cataract does not cause burning, irritation, or pain. A cataract disturbs the sharpness of vision, making it difficult to read or drive. Symptoms include needing increased light to read and glare from oncoming headlights. Cataract patients often say, “It’s like looking through a film or foggy window.”

How is a cataract treated?
In the early stages a refinement in glasses can often be helpful. However, these modifications often just buy time, and are not a permanent solution. Once your blurred vision starts to interfere with daily activities, it’s time to consider cataract surgery.

Tell me about cataract surgery.
Most patients report the whole process was much easier than anticipated. Cataract surgery itself involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with an artificial plastic lens. The implant restores vision and lasts a lifetime. You may be a candidate for a specialty lens that corrects your astigmatism or decreases your dependence on reading glasses. We operate on one eye at a time. Frequently, the second eye is completed a few weeks after the first one.

Do I need to go to the hospital? Will I be awake? Is it painful?
Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure and is performed at the Bozeman Health Same Day Surgery Center in the Medical Arts Building. A mild sedative is given during the surgery. Most patients experience little or no discomfort. The eye is numbed with local or topical anesthetic. You will be at the surgery center for 2-3 hours and then released to go home.

What happens after surgery?
Most of the time you go home wearing a protective patch, which is removed a few hours after arriving home. Eye drops will be used frequently at first and will taper off quickly over a few weeks. We recommend common sense restrictions. You may resume your usual daily routines within a few days of surgery. Ask your surgeon about specific activities if you have questions.

Bozeman Health Same Day Surgery Center
Established in 1985, the Bozeman Health Same Day Surgery Center provides a variety of surgical procedures. These include cataract surgery, glaucoma surgery, eyelid procedures, corneal transplants, and anterior segment surgery. Medical Eye Specialists has teamed with the Bozeman Health Same Day Surgery Center to perform over 20,000 eye surgeries.

The main office for Medical Eye Specialists and the Surgery Center are located in the same building, the Medical Arts Center. The close relationship between both teams enhances our ability to coordinate all aspects of your surgery. From the initial examination, to special testing, to the surgery and aftercare, all of our doctors and staff are committed to making your procedure as smooth, safe, and worry-free as possible.