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Frequently Asked Questions

cataract-frequently-asked-questions.jpgWhat happens during cataract surgery?

The eyelids and the surface of your eye will be cleansed and sterile coverings will be placed around your eye and face. Dr. Peter Rapoza makes two micro-incisions on the side of the eye to remove the cataract and replace it with a new, clear manufactured intraocular lens. Most cataract incisions are self-sealing, others may require sutures.

Can I have cataract surgery done on both eyes on the same day?

Cataract surgery is usually performed on one eye at a time with the second procedure performed after the first eye has healed, usually one to four weeks later. This helps to ensure that there are no complications and it gives the first eye time to adapt.

Does cataract surgery hurt? How long does it take?

Cataract surgery typically takes 5 to 20 minutes, depending upon the type of cataract present, the technology to be used intra-operatively and the IOL selected for implantation. Most patients report minimal or no pain during the procedure and only mild discomfort afterward.

What happens after cataract surgery?

After a brief rest in our outpatient recovery area, you will be ready to go home. You must have someone drive. You should rest for the remainder of the day. You will be given a protective eye shield and prescription eye drops to use for a few weeks after surgery. The eye shield should be worn while sleeping or napping until the eye has fully healed. Strenuous activity, swimming or exposing your eye to dust or grime should be avoided for two weeks after surgery to avoid complications. Do not lift over 50 pounds for one week. Most other normal activities can be resumed.

Do I have to remove a cataract right away?

If your cataract is not significantly interfering with your vision, you may be monitored instead. However, if cloudy or blurry vision starts to affect your daily activities, like walking or driving, you will need to have your cataracts removed.

Will I have to wear glasses after cataract surgery?

This depends on the characteristics of your individual eyes and what type of implants you selected. Patients selecting standard monofocal intraocular lenses, will usually need reading glasses for near and intermediate vision.

Patients selecting accommodating intraocular lenses will usually just need a low power reading glasses only for very near up close tasks.

Toric intraocular lenses help patients with astigmatism, who would otherwise need glasses to not only assist with near and intermediate vision but also for their astigmatism even at distances. Toric accommodating lenses are also available, which can help improve not only the astigmatism, but also intermediate and near vision.  

How much does cataract surgery cost?

Medicare and most commercial health insurance plans cover the cost of cataract surgery and standard IOLs, however, if you decide on an accommodating or premium toric lens, there is an extra costs for the upgraded lens. 

What are the risks of cataract surgery?

According to the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), 3 million Americans undergo cataract surgery each year, with an overall success rate of 98% or higher. However, just like any surgery, there are potential side effects and complications, including:

    • Hazy vision (posterior capsule opacity, a clouding of the capsule of the cataract that is purposely left in the eye to support the IOL is an expected outcome, not a complication and is readily treated with a simple insurance covered laser procedure)
    • Infection
    • Bleeding
    • Inflammation
    • Pain
    • Dislocated IOL
    • Detached retina
    • Increased eye pressure

If cataracts are starting to affect your daily life, contact us today. 

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Boston, MA 02114

Paid garage parking or street metered parking is available at out 50 Staniford St. location.

Parking is available at 50 Staniford St. in the Longfellow Place Garage. Other garage options include The Garden Garage (located on Lomasney Way) or the Charles River Plaza Deck parking lot, located on Cambridge Street. OCB Clinic: Enter the building and take the elevator to the 6th floor where you will see patient check-in. Boston Eye Surgery and Laser Center: Enter the building. Surgery Center is on 1st floor.


52 Second Avenue, Suite 2500
Waltham, MA 02451

Free parking is available in the 52 Second Ave. Parking Garage.

Upon entering the garage, drive under the blue sign that says "52 Second Ave: and bear right heading up the parking ramp to levels P1, P2, P3 or P4. Please note your parking location. Enter the building, take the elevators to the 2nd Floor and follow hallway signs to Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston. OCB Clinic is the 2nd door on right. Surgery Center is the first door on the right.

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104 Endicott Street, Suite 303 
Danvers, MA 01923

Located in the MGH North Shore Center for Outpatient Care. Our office is located on the third floor Suite 303.  

From the South/Boston area: Take I-93 North toward Tobin Bridge. Merge onto Route 1 North. Stay on Route 1 North for approximately 14 miles, then merge onto I-95 North/Route 128 North. Take Exit 24, Endicott Street. At the end of the ramp, go straight through the lights at the intersection into the parking lot.

From the North: Travel 95 South to Danvers. When I-95 and Route 128 split, merge onto Route 128 North. Take Exit 24, Endicott Street. Go straight through the lights at the intersection into the parking lot.