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Cataract Surgery

Cataract Surgery

Although the formation of a cataract can make activities such as reading and driving difficult, good vision can be safely restored with outpatient cataract surgery. Today our surgeons perform the latest surgical techniques and patients are experiencing a faster recovery and a quicker return to good vision.

Your evaluation before cataract surgery will take approximately 2 hours. There are several tests performed and a thorough examination to assure the best outcome from your surgery.

What is a Cataract

A cataract is the clouding of the lens of the eye. Normally, light passes through the clear lens and is focused onto the retina. However, as a result of the natural aging process, the lens gradually becomes cloudy, and the cataract or cloudy lens blocks the passage of light through the eye causing distorted or blurred vision.

What are No-Stitch/Small Incision Surgery Techniques?

Phacoemulsification (phaco) is a surgical technique which uses ultrasound technology. In "phaco" or small incision surgery, a small probe is inserted into the capsular membrane which surrounds the cloudy lens. Ultrasound is used to gently break-up (or emulsify) the cloudy lens into tiny pieces which can be removed through the tip of the probe. In comparison, traditional surgery techniques require the lens to be removed in one piece through a relatively large incision.

Traditional cataract surgery requires an incision that spans a third of the circumference of the cornea and needs as many as eight stitches to close. In contrast, the phaco technique allows the cloudy lens to be removed through an incision as small as 1/6th of an inch.

In many cases the surgeon can use a technique that does not require sutures, the natural pressure inside the eye is used to keep the incision closed while the eye heals.

Premium Intraocular Lens Implants (IOL)

Our doctors and staff can educate you on the features and benefits of the premium IOLs now available and if you are a candidate for the one or more of the premium IOLs. The cost of premium lenses is typically over and above what insurance or Medicare will pay; you will be responsible for the amount not paid by your insurance. Many people believe the additional investment is worthwhile to reduce their dependence on glasses.

iStent

Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS) is the newest surgical option for glaucoma. Dr. Dickes places the Trabulecular Micobypass stent (i stent) at the time of cataract surgery. It is a 1 mm stent placed in the your drainage system to improve the outflow and thus lower your intraocular pressures (IOP).

Karen Dickes, DO
Gregory Kouri, OD
Brady Betten