Our talented and experienced surgeons perform the most common and proven method of cataract surgery. The surgery begins with the surgeon making a small incision at the edge of the cornea. Then, in a process called phacoemulsification, an ultrasonic probe with a hollow tip and a vacuum is used to break up and remove the cloudy lens from the bag or capsule. This cloudy lens is then replaced with a small plastic intraocular lens (IOL) implant. This IOL corrects vision for a single focal point (monofocal), often resulting in a reduced dependency on glasses or contact lenses.
In addition to the monofocal IOL which is the most widely used in cataract surgery, we also offer the latest refractive IOLs, such as the multifocal IOL and toric IOL. The multifocal IOLs (Tecnis and ReSTOR) are both designed to correct vision for distance and near. The toric IOL (AcrySof Toric) corrects for astigmatism. These refractive IOLs are not currently covered by insurance and therefore involve a charge to the patient; however, for many it may be well worth the extra cost.
Occasionally, months and sometimes years after the cataract surgery, a hazy membrane can form on the capsule that holds the IOL in position. This is commonly called a secondary cataract and can cause issues with blurriness or glare in your vision. If this occurs, a fast, painless laser treatment called a YAG capsulotomy is performed to remove the secondary cataract and restore the clarity of your vision.