Cataract Surgery

Sanderson Eye Clinic

Ophthalmologists & Optometrists located in Edina, MN

According to the National Eye Institute, more than 24 million Americans suffer from cataracts. Cataract surgery has been available for many years, but innovations and technological advancements now provide surgical approaches unlike anything previously possible. Residents of Edina, Minnesota have access to Dr. Jeffrey P. Sanderson, a cataract surgery specialist with exceptional skills and expertise. If cataracts affect your vision, schedule a consultation at Sanderson Eye Clinic to begin a path toward better eyesight and a reduced dependence on glasses or contact lenses.

Cataract Surgery Q & A

What is a cataract?

A cataract is a clouding of your eye’s lens. Usually, the lens is clear, much the same as a camera’s lens. Clear lenses allow light to enter your eyes. Clouded lenses negatively impact your vision.

These are some common signs of a cataract:

  • Blurry or cloudy vision
  • Double vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Trouble seeing properly at night
  • Perception of bright colors as faded or yellowed

Cataracts often develop as you age, and you may not notice them right away. That’s why routine eye exams are so important.

What happens during cataract surgery?

Once Dr. Sanderson determines you’re a good candidate for lens replacement, there’s a period of preparation required before the procedure. Be sure to follow all instructions during this preparatory stage.

On the day of your procedure, Dr. Sanderson numbs your eye and gives you medication to help you to relax. Next, he makes a very tiny incision close to the edge of your cornea. That opening allows Dr. Sanderson to access your lens.

Dr. Sanderson uses tiny surgical instruments break apart your clouded lens and remove it through the incision. Then, he positions the new lens into place.

You will spend a short amount of time in a recovery area, and a bandage or shield protects your eye while you heal. Your eye tissues recover very quickly, so there’s no need for stitches or other closure devices. The incision heals on its own over a period of a few weeks.

What happens after cataract surgery?

After surgery, Dr. Sanderson provides detailed instructions on how to care for your eye as it heals. A big part of that process is using prescription eye drops, and it’s important to follow the schedule and procedure precisely as advised.

The healing process should be complete in around eight weeks, although there may be vision improvements within a day or two. While your eye heals, follow these guidelines:

  • Avoid rubbing or pressing against the area
  • Don’t allow soap or water to enter your eye
  • Wear a protective eye guard while sleeping

Dr. Sanderson checks your healing progression and advises you when to resume normal daily activities after the procedure.

Dr. Sanderson offers advanced cataract surgery options that will not only correct your cataract condition, but may also restore your vision to 20/20, allowing you to reduce your dependence on contact lens or eyeglasses. We offer advanced package options in addition to traditional cataract surgery.  

If you suffer from cloudy or blurred vision, schedule an appointment with Dr. Sanderson by calling the office.