3477 Grand Avenue, Gurnee, IL 60031

About Cataract Surgery

Using the most up to date methods and instrumentation, cataract surgery is typically performed using a small incision phacoemulsification technique. This means that the cataract surgery is accomplished using the smallest possible incision, and removal of the lens material is accomplished using an ultrasonic needle.

Cataract Surgery Chicago

We prefer not to use any needles or injections for cataract surgery. Our typical patient does not get an IV needle or any injections on the face or near the eye. We use a few drops of liquid Versed, a tranquilizer, under the tongue, for to relax the patient. Following proper dilation of the pupil and preparation of the surgical area using betadine, a few drops of topical anesthetic are administered to the surface of the eye. An incision of 2.5 to 3 millimeters in length is then created at the junction of the cornea (the clear domed structure on the front of the eye) and the sclera (the white part of the eye).

Another dose of anesthetic is then administered inside the eye through this incision. It can cause a feeling of burning that lasts no more than 3-5 seconds. The rest of the procedure is usually completely painless. The front part of the lens envelope, know as the lens capsule, is carefully opened so that the lens material can be removed using a needle-like ultrasonic device, which pulverizes the hardened and yellowed lens proteins. The pulverized material is simultaneously vacuumed from the eye.

Once all of the cataract material has been removed, a folded intraocular lens whose design and power is specifically chosen to suit your individual needs is then inserted through the original incision, maneuvered into the lens capsule and then centered. The lens will remain inside your eye in this location without moving. Intraocular lenses cannot be felt or sensed in any way by the patient (except for the ability to see clearly, perhaps even without glasses).

In most cases, once the lens is centered within the lens capsule, the instruments are removed and the surgery is complete. Under most normal circumstances sutures are not required to keep the incision sealed. Should the incision require a suture to be placed for proper sealing, it is generally removed within the first week following surgery.

Recovery from surgery is generally very quick, with most patients achieving noticeably better vision within the first 24 hours of the procedure. Patients are generally asked to use two different eye medications, administered as drops several times daily for the first few weeks after surgery. Patients should refrain from eye rubbing during the first few weeks following surgery. It is important to know that patients who are on"blood thinners", such as aspirin or Coumadin do not have to stop their medications to undergo safe modern cataract surgery with topical anesthesia.

If glasses are required following surgery to achieve the best possible vision either for close up work such as reading, or for distance purposes, these will be prescribed three to four weeks after surgery when full recovery is expected. If both eyes are scheduled to have surgery within a few weeks of each other, then glasses, if needed, will be prescribed following full recovery of the second eye.

Patients should realize that it is not possible in all patients to totally eliminate the need for eyeglasses. We use extremely accurate methods of eye measurement and the most advanced prediction software available to try to eliminate the need for distance glasses in most of our cataract surgery patients and even reading glasses for those who choose this option. Most of our patients can use over the counter reading glasses right after their first surgery. However, if prescription glasses are required following surgery to achieve the best possible vision, these will be prescribed three to four weeks after surgery.

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