Modern day cataract surgery is a life-changing procedure that only takes 8-15 minutes to complete.
After your surgeon has sterilized and dilated the eye, she will make two small micro-incisions. This step can be performed by using an ultra precise LenSx femtosecond laser or a handheld micro-surgical blade.
Next, your surgeon will use ultrasound to break-up and liquefy the cataract lens, which is then suctioned out through the micro-incision.
After the cataract lens is removed, your surgeon will insert an artificial lens, sometimes called an intraocular lens or IOL, into the place your cataract lens was located.
Once your surgeon has centrally positioned the lens, your procedure is complete. Stitches are often not required after undergoing cataract surgery.
The artificial lens your surgeon implants is specifically tailored to your eye. The lens is chosen with the goal of reducing your need for glasses after cataract surgery. For those wishing to further reduce or eliminate the need for glasses after cataract surgery, premium lens implants might be a good option.
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Recovering From Cataract Surgery
Recovery from cataract surgery is relatively quick. The average patient achieves drastically better vision within the first 24 hours of the procedure. Your doctor will prescribe medicated eye drops, which need to be taken several times per day. The patient must abstain from rigorous activities or sports for the first few weeks after surgery. Eye shields are given after surgery to prevent rubbing or bumping of the eyes.