Cataract Surgery

The procedure for the removal of cataracts requires an experienced eye surgeon. It may seem unnerving when you are confronted with the decision to have cataract surgery. But once you understand what a cataract is, how it will be removed, and the benefits of the procedure, you will likely feel much more comfortable.  Many patients are opting to have their cataracts removed at an earlier age to start enjoying better vision sooner.

Cataract surgery is one of the most safe, effective, and successful surgical procedures in medicine. The surgery typically takes 10 to 15 minutes and is performed using anesthetic eye drops to numb the eye.  Most patients leave the surgery center a couple of hours after arrival. The surgery is performed on one eye at a time with a typical separation of a few weeks between eyes.  The actual surgery is called phacoemulsification and involves the removal of the cataract with sound waves.  There are usually no stitches used.  Once the cataract is removed, an artificial lens is placed in the eye.  This lens is called an intraocular lens and helps focus light after the cataract is removed.

The type of intraocular lens placed in the eye is important as different lenses have different features. Most lenses can correct only for one focal point (usually distance vision), but new technology such as the ReSTOR® lens are effective at correcting both distance and near vision.


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