By placing a small incision in the eye, our skilled surgeons remove the cataract by a process called phacoemulsification, during which the surgeon dissolves the cataract. This method is commonly regarded as the laser technique, but actually it uses sound waves to disintegrate the cataract and then vacuum the microscopic particles from the eye. Lasers may be used after cataract surgery to eliminate any residual cloudiness.
At the same time, the cataract is removed, the lens of the eye is replaced with a clear lens implant, which is inserted through the same small incision. With the new lens in place, the eye can function properly and normal vision is restored.
Monofocal lenses are used in the majority of cataract procedures. These lenses have the advantage of excellent quality distance vision under a variety of lighting conditions. Since these lenses have a fixed focal point which is generally set for distance vision, reading glasses are typically required for good near vision. For patients willing to use reading glasses for near tasks, these lenses are an excellent choice. Several million lenses of this variety have been used for decades with an excellent safety record. Recent refinements in the optical quality of these lenses have allowed an even higher quality of vision than previously achievable.
The new multifocal and accommodating IOLs (premium lens options) offer the possibility of seeing well at more than one distance, without glasses or contacts. Montgomery Eye Physicians offer the following premium lens options:
With the no-stitch cataract removal technique, the incision is very small and angled in a way which will enable it to close on its own. The outward pressure from the fluid within the eye acts as a seal, so there is no need for stitches. The vast majority of cataract surgery is done using anesthetic gel, avoiding the need for any type of injection which allows faster vision recovery and less risk.
Once the incision is made, the surgeon dissolves the cataract by phacoemulsification, inserts an artificial lens through the same incision and allows pressure to seal the incision naturally.
Small incision, no-stitch cataract surgery enables the eye to heal fast and reduces recovery time significantly.
In addition, post-operative activities are practically unlimited. With local anesthesia options, you can walk right out of the Surgery Center shortly after surgery and perform most of your daily functions with no restrictions. Many patients are able to return to work or sports within days instead of weeks or months, as was common with older surgery methods.
Within three years after cataract surgery, some patients may need another procedure, a YAG capsulotomy, to open the cloudy posterior capsule.
While not everyone is a candidate for no-stitch surgery, at Montgomery Eye Physicians, most patients receive this advanced surgical technique and are able to resume their daily activities quickly and confidently.
We take great pride in the exceptional service our patients receive. Our highly skilled surgeons have many years of experience and use only the newest, most advanced technology at the Montgomery Eye Surgery Center. Our goal is to make sure you receive high quality, individualized attention in a friendly and caring environment.
If you have any questions please call us at 1-800-763-EYES.