Cataract surgery

Although the formation of a cataract can make activities such as reading and driving difficult, good vision can be safely restored with outpatient cataract surgery. Today our surgeons perform the latest surgical techniques and patients are experiencing a faster recovery and a quicker return to good vision.

What is a cataract? A cataract is the clouding of the lens of the eye. Normally, light passes through the clear lens and is focused onto the retina. However, as a result of the natural aging process, the lens gradually becomes cloudy. the cataract or cloudy lens blocks the passage of light through the eye and causes distorted or blurred vision.

What are no-stitch / small incision surgery techniques? No-stitch / small incision surgery are techniques used to restore vision loss due to cataracts. The cloudy lens is removed and replaced with a plastic lens (IOL) implant. Ultrasound technology (phacoemulsifiation) is used to remove the cataract. A special lens can then be implanted through a smaller incision than is required for the older style cataract surgery.

What is phacoemulsification? Phacoemulsification (phaco) is a surgical technique which uses ultrasound technology. In "phaco" or small incision surgery, a small probe is inserted into the capsular membrane which surrounds the cloudy lens. Ultrasound is used to gently break-up (or emulsify) the cloudy lens into tiny pieces which can be removed through the tip of the probe. In comparison, traditional surgery techniques require the lens to be removed in one piece through a relatively large incision.

Traditional cataract surgery requires an incision that spans a third of the circumference of the cornea and needs as many as eight stitches to close. In contrast, the phaco technique allows the cloudy lens to be removed through an incision as small as 1/6th of an inch.

No-stitch self sealing incison. In many cases the surgeon can use a technique that does not require sutures, the natural pressure inside the eye is used to keep the incision closed while the eye heals.