Cataract surgery is the removal of your eye's cloudy natural lens. It is replaced with an artificial lens called an implant (IOL). Our surgeries are performed as an outpatient procedure at the Specialty Surgery Center of CNY, SSC, on Buckley Road in Liverpool
Most modern cataract procedures involve the use of a high-frequency ultrasound probe that breaks up the cloudy lens into small pieces, which are then gently removed from the eye with suction. This procedure, called phacoemulsification or phaco, is performed with small incisions promoting faster healing and reducing the risk of cataract surgery complications.After the cataract and all remnantsof the cloudy lens have been removed from your eye, the cataract surgeon inserts a clear intraocular lens, positioning it securely in the same location your natural lens occupied. (In special cases, an IOL might be placed in front of the iris and pupil, but this is less common.)
Though phacoemulsification cataract surgery is already very safe, recently a number of femtosecond lasers — similar to the lasers used to create the corneal flap in all-laser LASIK — have been FDA-approved for use in cataract surgery with the goal of making the procedure more accurate and predictable.
Femtosecond lasers have gained approval for the following steps in cataract surgery; reducing the need for surgical blades and other hand-held tools, creating the corneal incision, cutting the anterior capsule of the lens (required to allow the surgeon access to the lens with the phaco probe) and fragmenting the lens (so less ultrasonic energy is required to break up and remove the cataract).
Prior to cataract surgery we will perform a comprehensive eye exam to check the overall health of your eyes, evaluate your need for surgery and identify any risk factors you might have.
A refraction will also be performed to accurately determine the amount of nearsightedness, farsightedness and/or astigmatism you have prior to surgery. Additional measurements of your eyes will be taken to determine the curvature of your cornea and the length of your eye.
These measurements are essential to help your surgeon select the proper power of the intraocular lens and give you the best vision possible after surgery.
Today there are many types of IOLs to choose from for your cataract surgery. In addition to IOLs that correct nearsightedness and farsightedness, there are now toric IOLs that correct astigmatism as well as lenses that can allow you to see distance and near without the need for glasses for most activities.
Be aware that not everyone is a good candidate for premium IOLs, and choosing one of these advanced lens implants will increase your cataract surgery cost.
Prior to surgery, in addition to discussing the different types of IOLs, you will be advised about the risks as well as what to expect before, during and after your cataract surgery. This information is meant to help you make an informed decision about whether to proceed with surgery.
If you have any questions or concerns about cataract surgery, be sure to discuss them with your surgeon prior to signing the consent documents authorizing surgery.
Also, discuss with your surgeon all medications you are taking, including non-prescription (over-the-counter) formulations and nutritional supplements. Some medications and supplements can increase your risk of cataract surgery complications. Use of Flomax or Tamsulosin is especially important and should be discussed with your surgeon.
Cataract Surgery Recovery
An uncomplicated cataract surgery is typically performed in about 15 minutes. You should expect to be at the surgical center for 1-2 hours, because extra time is needed for preparation and for a brief post-operative evaluation and instructions about your cataract surgery recovery before you leave.
You must have someone drive you home after cataract surgery; do not attempt to drive until you have visited your eye doctor the day after surgery.
You will be prescribed medicated eye drops to use several times each day for a few weeks after cataract surgery.
While your eye heals, you may experience some eye redness and blurred vision during the first few days or even weeks following the procedure. If you have significant pain, redness or loss of vision, this is abnormal and you should call your surgeon right away.
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