Cataract surgery is a procedure that removes the natural lens inside of the eye and replaces it with an intraocular lens (IOL.) Cataract surgery is widely accepted as a safe and routine procedure, not to mention it is one of the most performed procedures in the world.
What to Expect From Cataract Surgery
At the surgical facility, eye drops will be put into your eye to dilate the pupil. The area around your eye will be washed and cleansed. After the proper anesthesia and numbing of the eye your cataract surgeon will create a small incision in your eye about 3mm wide. Modern day cataract surgery is also called microsurgery because the incision sizes have become so small.
Once the incision is made, the cataract surgeon will insert a probe to break up the cloudy cataract and then proceed to remove the material. A suction tube will remove all of the loose debris and the capsular bag is prepared for the artificial IOL implant. The foldable IOL is then inserted through a tube and unfolds once in place. Intraocular lenses will have haptics and “lens arms” to hold it in place. With the cataract removed and the IOL in place, light can once again travel unimpeded to the back of the eye and focus on the retina where the image is interpreted and transmitted to the brain. The end result is clear, youthful vision.
Gone are the days of long hospital stays for cataract surgery. Improvements in this surgical field have made this a very short procedure where most recovery can occur at home.
We’re a Leader in Laser Cataract Surgery
“It gives us more accuracy and precision in performing some of the critical steps of cataract surgery. There’s nothing wrong with traditional surgery when it’s done well, but studies have shown using the laser compared to the manual technique has improved outcomes.”
Sarah Darbandi, MD
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