How many cataract surgeries has Dr. Morledge-Hampton performed?
As of November 2017, Dr. Morledge-Hampton has performed over 10,000 cataract surgeries.
At what age do cataracts develop?
The process usually begins around 50 years of age and slowly progresses until the cataracts become
visually significant—somewhere around 70 years of age.
Does my cataract have to be “ripe” before removing it?
No. If the cataracts are interfering with your everyday activities, it may be time to have your cataract
Do I have to be out of my contacts prior to my consultation and surgery? If so, why?
Yes. You are required to be out of soft contacts a minimum of 1 week and hard contacts a minimum of 4
weeks before the consultation, and before the surgery. Contact lenses reshape your eye and the doctor
needs your eye in its most natural state in order to achieve the best possible outcome.
Do I have to be dilated for my consult?
Yes. Dilation is the best way for the surgeon to view the anatomy of the eye and to assess the cataract.
How long will I be there for my surgery?
You will be at the surgery center for approximately 1 ½ hours, unless you are scheduled for the consult
and surgery on the same day (out of town patients are often given this option). If you are here for both
on the same day, it will take approximately 3 hours.
Does cataract surgery hurt?
Cataract surgery has minimal discomfort.
When I have cataract surgery, will I have to have an injection in my eye?
No. All of our numbing is done with eye drops and no injection is necessary.
Will I have an IV?
No. An IV is not required for cataract surgery.
Is cataract surgery done with a laser?
No. Cataract surgery is a surgical procedure. The cataract/lens material is broken into extremely small
pieces using ultrasonic energy (sound waves) and simultaneously vacuumed from the eye.
What is an intraocular lens (IOL)?
An Intraocular lens (IOLs) is a medical device that is implanted inside the eye to replace the eye’s
natural lens when it is removed during cataract surgery.
Why do you have to put in an intraocular lens?
Once the natural lens is removed, you would need very thick glasses (like the bottom of a soda pop
bottle) if an intraocular lens is not placed in the eye at the time of cataract surgery.
Why do I need eye drops after my surgery?
The eye drops prevent inflammation after the surgery.
Can I drive myself home after the surgery?
No, you will be required to have a driver take you home. However, you can drive the day after your
Will I need glasses after my cataract surgery?
Glasses are often required for your best vision at all distances. However, you may find that you will be
somewhat less dependent upon them.
When can I get my new glasses?
In most cases, you are able to get a new glasses/contact lens prescription one month after your cataract
If I come in for a YAG laser, can I drive myself home?
Yes, if you are just having the laser procedure on one eye.
No, if you are having the laser procedure on two eyes.
What is a secondary cataract?
A “secondary cataract” is a misnomer because once removed, a cataract never grows back! The so-called “secondary cataract” represents a cloudy membrane which forms behind your lens implant (which was placed at the time of your original cataract surgery). The proper description of this phenomenon is “posterior capsule opacification” and although the symptoms may be similar to a cataract, it is treated in a completely different fashion. Once this is removed, it never grows back.
What is a YAG capsulotomy?
A YAG capsulotomy is the procedure used to treat a secondary cataract. It takes only a few minutes and typically never needs repeating. It is performed with a laser. Prior to the procedure, Dr. Morledge-Hampton will numb the eye and place a contact lens on your eye. The procedure is virtually painless.