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For those who have been diagnosed with cataracts, surgery is a necessary treatment to restore visual acuity. Cataract surgery entails removing your eye’s natural, cloudy lens and replacing it with a new, artificial intraocular lens (IOL). During surgery, your doctor will make a small incision in the eye and will insert a probe to break up and remove the cloudy, cataract-affected lens. Once the cloudy lens in removed, it is replaced by your new, artificial intraocular lens (IOL).
Gailey Eye Clinic surgeons offer two techniques in cataract surgery: Traditional Cataract Surgery and Laser Cataract Surgery using the Alcon LenSx® Laser. Both procedures involve removing the eye’s natural, cloudy lens and replacing it with an artificial lens. The main difference is that in Traditional Cataract Surgery, your surgeon will make a small incision in your eye with a surgical blade, while in Laser Cataract Surgery the incision is made with a computer-guided laser. Ask your doctor if Laser Cataract Surgery is right for you.
Laser Cataract Surgery provides a customized, tailored treatment to your eye. While all human eyes have the same basic anatomical structure, every eye is slightly different in terms of size, depth, and curvature. Prior to surgery you will undergo routine special testing that will measure and map the structures of your eye. This testing is completed whether you elect to have Traditional Cataract Surgery or Laser Cataract Surgery and is used to help your surgeon know where and to what depth the incision should be made to remove your clouded lens. With Laser Cataract Surgery, the LenSx® laser uses integrated optical coherence tomography (OCT) to capture incredibly precise, high-resolution images of your eyes. These images, and the measurements they provide, are then used to plan and perform your surgery to the exact specifications of your particular eye structure.
1. Schedule Your Cataract Consultation:
Call us at 800-923-3309 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with one of our surgeons. Your surgeon will perform a comprehensive eye exam, provide educational materials to review and answer any questions you may have. This visit will take approximately two hours. Your eyes will be dilated so we recommend having a driver.
2. Schedule Your Procedure:
A surgical scheduler will work with you to coordinate your surgical procedure(s). Your surgery will be done one eye at a time approximately 1-2 weeks apart. We will review surgical instructions and obtain any necessary insurance authorizations.
3. Surgery Day:
You will need an adult to bring you to surgery and stay at the surgery center for the duration of your procedure. Your procedure will be relatively painless, thanks to IV sedation. After a short recovery period, you will be released to go home and relax.