Cataract surgery is performed on an outpatient basis and only takes a few minutes. Since topical anesthetic eye drops are used, there is no needle injection which can be risky and painful. Needle injection also delays visual recovery and could cause temporary swelling and bruising of the eyelid. A small incision (about 1/10 inch) is made in the cornea. An instrument is introduced in the eye and is used to break up the cataract into small particles using high energy sound waves. These particles are gently suctioned from the eye. This technique is called phacoemulsification. The cataract is then replaced with a clear lens implant in order to restore the eye’s focusing ability as shown in the diagrams below. Since the incision is self-sealing, no stitches are required. No eye patch is necessary.
Dr. George Khouri is fully versed in the latest techniques of cataract surgery including the use of Laser Cataract Surgery and the use of Lifestyle Lens Implants such as Multifocal Lens Implants and Accommodative Lens Implants to reduce or eliminate the dependence on glasses for distance, near and everywhere in between. Patients with corneal astigmatism can also benefit from Toric Lens Implants to reduce or eliminate corneal astigmatism.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM CATARACT SURGERY?
Over 1.4 million people undergo cataract surgery in the U.S. yearly, and over 98% of them experience improved vision. Everyone heals somewhat differently, but many patients notice visual improvement almost immediately after the procedure and return to their normal lifestyle routine within a day or two.
Once Cataracts are surgically removed, they do not grow back. However, some patients may experience clouding of the natural capsule that supports the lens implant. This is called secondary cataract or posterior capsule opacification. In this case, a laser is used to painlessly open the cloudy capsule and restore clear vision almost immediately.