Cataract surgery involes the removal of the natural lenses from your eye and placement of an intraocular lense implant into the eye. There are different types of intraocular lense implates available today; monofocal lens, multifocal lens and toric lens implant. The decision on which implant to use is determined after a thorough examination of your eye and a discussion with your surgeon about which lens is best for you.
What is a cataract?
A cataract is clouding that can form on the lens of the eye, causing foggy or hazy vision and sensitivity to glaring light. Usually cataracts form with age, but can also be caused by trauma, disease, family history, and secondary medical conditions. During the medical examination of your eyes, your surgeon will check for the presence of cataracts. The examination is important, because the cataract may still be causing problems even if you are not aware of its presence. It’s also possible that the cataract may not warrant medical treatment. The final decision on whether or not to have surgery lies ultimately among the surgeon, the patient, and the family.
Edina Eye Surgeons use state-of-the-art technology and micro-incision techniques (“no-stitch,” or “clear corneal” incision). During this procedure, using an ultrasonic hand piece, the lens is removed from the eye and an Intraocular lens implant is folded, delivered through a small incision, unfolded and fixed into position once inside the eye. This is a minimally invasive technique conducted under local anesthesia; it involves no sutures, resulting in faster healing and fewer complications than conventional surgical methods. The entire procedure is performed on an outpatient basis.
Most daily activities can resume shortly after surgery.
Cataract surgery is highly successful using today’s technology resulting in dramatically improved vision and a rapid return to daily functioning in the vast majority of cases. As with all other surgeries performed by Edina Eye’s surgeons, your doctor will work with you through all phases of the procedure, from the initial eye examination to follow-up care. If you think that your vision or the vision of someone in your family is being affected by cataracts, contact us.