Cataracts are removed using small incision surgery known as phacoemulsification. After an application of anesthetic eye drops, an incision of 1.8 to 2.7 millimeters in length is created where the cornea (the clear domed structure on the front of the eye) and the white part of the eye known as the sclera meet. The cataract is broken into many small pieces using an ultrasonic device or a laser and removed from the eye.
Once all of the cataract material has been removed, a folded intraocular lens is inserted through the original incision. The lens is then maneuvered into the lens capsule and centered. The lens will remain inside your eye in this location. Intraocular lenses cannot be felt or sensed in any way by the patient. Cataracts do not grow back after surgery. Intraocular lenses never wear out and except in very rare instances, never need to be replaced.
Cataract surgery recovery is generally short and uneventful, as long as the patient is in good health and does not have any underlying pre-existing eye problems. Most patients recover completely from cataract surgery in approximately six weeks. Some people report redness, bruising around the eye, scratchiness and blurry vision soon after surgery. All of these symptoms are normal and should subside.
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Advanced intraocular lenses implant (IOL) cataract surgery requires a bit more preparation than for the standard cataract surgery. The upgraded lenses will be chosen based on a customized calculation taken during surgery using the most accurate measurement of your visual requirements. It is important to consult with Dr. Stephenson prior to surgery to determine which lens option will fit your lifestyle the best.