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Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is performed using the most advanced microsurgical techniques typically on an outpatient basis. The actual procedure usually takes between 8 and 30 minutes, depending on the severity of the cataract.

The cataract removal is performed under a specially designed, high-powered microscope. The most common method of removal is called "phacoemulsification," where a small incision is made near the outer edge of the cornea and the cataract is removed by dividing it surgically and then emulsifying it with ultra-sound waves. The lens capsule is left in place to support the Intraocular Lens (IOL) implant. At a later time, the capsule behind the IOL implant may become clouded. This is known as a "secondary cataract" and may be treated by the use of a laser.

Intraocular Lens (IOL) Implantation

An intraocular lens is used to replace the human lens in more than 95 percent of cataract patients. The IOL is usually implanted at the same time as cataract removal. The lens is typically implanted behind the iris, the colored portion of the eye, and cannot be seen. This is the natural position of the human intra-ocular lens. The incision is self-sealing without the need for sutures. However, there are times when fine sutures are needed to close the ocular incision.

It is possible for an IOL to be implanted in a patient who has had a cataract removed in a previous surgical procedure. This is called "secondary IOL implantation."

The first IOL was implanted in 1949 by an English ophthalmologist, Harold Ridley. Since then, many advances in IOL design have occurred. Today, IOLs may be made from a plastic called polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA), silicon or an acrylic material, which has been found to be most compatible with the delicate tissue of the human eye. The latter two can be folded and inserted through a small sutureless incision.

A new technology recently developed is the ARRAY multifocal implant. This implant is designed to provide clear distance and near vision without the use of spectacles, or to reduce dependence on post-operative spectacles. Glaucoma-Cataract Consultants, Inc. was one of the first practices in the country to utilize this new technologyfor the benefit of our patients.

For more information please visit www.ascrs.org

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