Cataract surgery removes the clouded natural lens and replaces it with an artificial plastic lens. Today’s lens technology enables cataract patients to not only replace their clouded lens with a clear plastic lens, but also correct other vision issues such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Working with your ophthalmologist, you can customize the procedure to your personal vision needs using today’s advanced intraocular lens technologies. The process of cataract surgery is essentially the same for everyone:
A nurse may give you some medication to help keep you calm. You may also be placed on an IV of fluids and a heart rate monitor.
A drape will be placed around your face so that only the eye to be operated on is visible.
Most people feel no pain during the procedure, which usually lasts 15 to 30 minutes.
The surgeon will make a small incision in the cornea with either a hand-held blade or a laser machine. In most cases, the incision is so small that stitches are not required.
A small ultrasonic probe, a laser, or a combination of the two is used to break up and remove the damaged lens. The new lens is then inserted where their old cloudy lens was in the eye.
Once the surgery is complete, the surgeon will cover the eye with a bandage or shield to protect it during the healing process.
After a short recovery period, you can have someone drive you home.
There are new lens options for lens replacement surgery. Which intraocular lens (IOL) is right for you depends on your lifestyle as well as your vision needs. Medicare covers most of the standard cataract surgery. If you want freedom from glasses and contacts, there will be an additional charge for the advanced cataract lenses.
Cataract and LASIK Surgeon, Dr. Neil B. Griffin, has been named a top cataract surgeon by Precision Eye Services. The National Consumer Advisory Board named Dr. Griffin one of America’s Best Physicians 2021-2023. He has also received over 25 local distinctions, including “Best LASIK Surgeon”, “Best Cataract Surgeon” and “Best Ophthalmologist” from 2018-2023. Dr. Griffin is board certified, Fellowship trained and an active member of the refractive surgery council. https://americanrefractivesurgerycouncil.org/cataract-surgery/
There are many benefits of cataract surgery. Studies have shown cataract surgery can not only improve vision but also, decrease falls, car accidents and improved overall happiness with the ability to do activities they were unable to do because of their poor vision.
To learn which cataract lens is right for you visit: https://griffineyecenter.com/advanced-cataract-surgery/ or contact us at 843-449-6414.