Cataracts are the clouding of the eye’s lens, and they drastically affect vision. Cataracts are common in older adults and can occur in one or both eyes. Thankfully, there are several types of eye surgery designed to remove cataracts. To learn more about cataract surgery at Boston Laser, read on.
The Basics of Cataract Surgery
- Cataract surgery is a relatively simple form of eye surgery, taking only 15 minutes to perform, and is the most common surgical procedure in the United States. The cataract and the natural lens are broken into several pieces and easily extracted from the eye. An implant is then gently placed in the eye to act as a replacement lens and decrease dependency on glasses in the future. This implant is either accommodative or multifocal, depending on your vision needs. Dr. Melki of Boston Laser performs state-of-the-art cataract surgery using a revolutionary no-stich, no-needle technique.
- Phacoemulsification is the process of removing cataracts from the eye. During phacoemulsification, an ultrasonic oscillating probe is inserted into the eye, breaking the natural lens into pieces. Because cataracts cannot be removed from the lens, the lens itself must be replaced. The emulsified sections of the lens are then suctioned from the eye, effectively removing the cataract and correcting vision. Finally, the implant is placed in the eye to help focus light onto the retina. Vision should return quickly after the eye surgery, and recovery will be brief.
- Occasionally, a posterior capsulotomy is necessary following traditional cataract surgery. During initial eye surgery, the anterior lens capsule is removed via phacoemulsification to destroy the cataract, and the posterior capsule remains intact. However, for a small percentage of patients, the posterior lens capsule clouds following eye surgery. A posterior capsulotomy is a five-minute laser eye surgery that restores vision to the affected eyes. Recovery is minimal, and any side effects should dissipate in a few days.
The surgeons at Boston Laser are pioneers in the field of cataract surgery. We also perform state-of-the-art, custom LASIK procedures, cosmetic surgery, and regular eye exams. For more information on our vision correction procedures or our Boston practice, call (617) 566-0062 or visit our website.