Cataract Surgery

The formation of a cataract in the human eye is a very normal aging change. Unfortunately, the clouding of the crystalline lens can reach the point there glasses or contact lenses can no longer allow patients clear vision. At this point, the only option to restore vision is cataract surgery.
Cataract Surgery
Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia and typically is done one eye at a time (separated by one or more weeks of healing). During this procedure a cataract surgeon will make two small incisions in the cornea to allow instruments to be inserted into the eye (figure above). The crystalline lens sits in a thin membranous bag and to get to the lens, the front surface of the membranous bag is removed. Now the surgeon uses an ultrasound probe to break up and remove the lens inside the eye (figure above). Now that the clouded lens is removed, a man made lens is put back in it in place allowing clear vision once again. The incisions are self-healing and no stitches are required. The entire surgery lasts about 10 minutes.

Click here to view a video of a typical cataract surgery.

Cataract surgery has become extremely refined and precise in the past 20 years and recovery from this procedure has improved greatly. The healing process from cataract surgery takes about a month and requires eye drops throughout that time. Vision usually improves dramatically after surgery and continues improving gradually for the coming few weeks post-operatively. Common side effects after surgery are irritation, redness, and light sensitivity, but these typically resolve after a few days to a week. Complications for cataract surgery are uncommon but can be serious.

Therefore at Precision Family Eye Care, we only work with the best surgeons in the greater Louisville area to give our patients the absolute best chance for a successful outcome.