During cataract surgery, a small incision is made and the lens material is removed by using an ultrasonic probe. This is called phacoemulsification. The surgeon is then ready to implant a man made intraocular lens. The intraocular lens is a foldable lens that slides through a tube and then unfolds via the micro incision in your eye. The cataract surgeon then centers it. Typically, these lenses are made of materials like silicone and acrylic, which will not irritate your eye or induce an allergic reaction. After this happens, the surgery is complete and there are usually no stitches required when sealing the incision.
The procedure is performed on an out-patient basis at one of three Minnesota Eye Consultants Ambulatory Surgery Centers, and takes only a few minutes. Patients are free to return home to rest in comfort and avoid the inconvenience and expense of a hospital stay. In most cases, daily activities such as driving and reading can be resumed fairly soon thereafter.
Cataract surgery is considered one of the most highly successful procedures, with improved vision occurring in over 90 percent of cases. However, some people will still need glasses to enhance their vision. It is important to discuss your vision goals and expectations with your surgeon during your initial evaluation.