Cataract Surgery Procedure

Surgery Using Plastic Lens Clears Cloudy Vision

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During the cataract surgery, your doctor will first numb the eye with topical anesthetic drops. Sometimes an anesthetic injection is required.

New computer-guided laser technology leads to a safer procedure, quicker recovery of vision, and precise vision outcomes. Your doctor uses the femtosecond laser to measure and make precise corneal incisions, and break apart the cloudy lens to prepare it for removal. Laser fragmentation means that your doctor can utilize lower ultrasound energy to remove the cloudy lens from your eye, prioritizing your safety and minimizing your healing time.
 

Foldable, plastic lens implant
Foldable plastic lens keeps incision small

When the cataract has been removed, your doctor will implant a new lens into your eye. This new lens is made of a plastic-like material. Usually a foldable lens is used so that the initial incision does not have to be enlarged.

The advantage of keeping the incision small is a more rapid healing time and a quicker recovery from the procedure. Once placed into the eye, the lens is unfolded and placed in proper position.

Frequently, no stitches are needed to close the incision in the cornea. Your doctor will place a shield or protective glasses over the operated eye before you go home.

 


Once placed into the eye, the lens is unfolded and placed in the proper position
Get back to normal pretty quickly

In most cases, you can resume normal activity as early as the next day. Drops will be prescribed to prevent infection and inflammation in the eye, and your doctor will give you detailed instructions regarding postoperative follow-up examinations.