What Does Cataract Surgery Entail?

This highly successful treatment, for one of the leading causes of vision loss, is offered at Pacific ClearVision Institute in the latest, most highly advanced surgical facility.

older person glancing to the left.Cataract treatment consists of removing the clouded lens, or cataract, by painless microsurgery and replacing it with an artificial lens designed to give clear, brilliant vision. Technology today has advanced to the point that cataract surgery can be completed in as little as 10 minutes! The surgery is done under local anesthetic with a specialized microscope using miniature instruments. The surgery is now done without the use of needles, stitches or patches and takes approximately 10 minutes. Many people comment that vision is improved within hours of the treatment and note that colors are brighter.

Surgery for cataracts is done using high-frequency ultrasound which softens the cataract, thus allowing it to be vacuumed out through a tiny incision under the eyelid or on the cornea. The incision is designed to not require sutures and seals on its own. Full activity is allowed after surgery. Many people golf, drive and enjoy a movie just a short time after treatment. To clarify one common misconception, lasers are typically not used in cataract surgery. They are being investigated currently and may one day provide an alternative to current techniques.

With state-of-the-art instruments, our surgeons can determine the power of the implant that will give the best visual outcome after treatment. Many people will see 20/40 or better on the first day, depending on previous astigmatism or other factors such as glaucoma or macular degeneration. If a person prefers, the power of the implant can be adjusted to provide clearer reading vision. There are also new lenses available that adjust to your eyes such as Crystalens, Symfony, or Activefocus.

Enhancing Cataract Surgery Outcomes

We are now pleased to be able to offer ORA intraoperative aberrometry during cataract surgery. This technology enables our surgeons to measure the power of the eye during cataract surgery after the cataract is removed, optimizing the selection of the power and alignment of the new intraocular lens, to achieve a more precise outcome for each patient.

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