- Incision of about 7-8 mm is made.
- Lens nucleus removed from capsular bag in one piece.
- Cortical material removed by aspiration (suction).
- Intra Ocular lens placed in the capsular bag where natural lens was there.
- Eye sutured with seven to nine nylon stitches.
- Postoperative astigmatism due to stitches.
- Removal of some of the stitches after six or more weeks to reduce astigmatism.
- Corrective glasses after stitches are removed, or when astigmatism subsides (usually six to seven weeks after surgery).
- Small tunnel incision of 2-3mm near the cornea is made.
- Lens nucleus is broken into pieces and removed from capsular bag by ultrasonic emulsification and suction.
- Remaining Cortical material removed by aspiration.
- Intra Ocular lens placed in the capsular bag.
- No stitch or, in some cases, one stitch to close the small incision
- Corrective glasses after the eye stabilizes, usually a few weeks after surgery.
Rapid Recovery, Patient can resume their routine almost the next day, Better visual results - little or no astigmatism.
- Take it easy for the first two or three days after the operation.
- Resume normal activities including moving around and bending down, but be careful because it's hard to judge distances with one eye covered.
- Try not to touch or rub the eye.
- Keep soap and shampoo out of the eyes (it's sensible to avoid washing your hair for the first few days).
- In the first few weeks after the operation, avoid heavy lifting as this can increase the pressure in the eye and could put a strain on the healing scar.
- If you suffer more than mild pain, or you experience loss of vision or increasing redness of the eye, you should contact the hospital for advice.
ataract surgery is almost always an outpatient procedure, done under local anesthesia. A small incision is made in the eye, and the front surface of the cataract is opened to allow access to the clouded tissue inside. The cloudy portion is then removed, leaving the thin clear back surface of the lens in place This can be done either with a mechanical device called a phacoemulsifier or manually with extracapsular instruments. The lens implant is then placed in the shell of the natural lens, and the incision is closed.
This can be done either with a mechanical device called a phacoemulsifier or manually with extracapsular instruments. The lens implant is then placed in the shell of the natural lens, and the incision is closed.
Patients return home after surgery, and are usually examined the following day. Eyedrops are used to accelerate the healing process and prevent infection, and patients are instructed to avoid any activity that could harm the eye while recovering from surgery. Vision almost always improves greatly within 4-6 weeks, although many patients may see better within 1-2 weeks or less. Almost everyone will need a new glasses prescription after surgery, although it may be needed only for distance or for reading depending on the choice of lens implant power.