No Stitch Cataract Surgery
Dr. Randall E. Cole and Dr. C. William Hof have performed over 50,000 cataract surgeries. This is one of the most commonly performed procedures; in fact there are an estimated 3 million cataract surgeries performed every year in the United States.
Steps in Cataract Surgery
We use the highly effective phacoemulsification method for cataract removal.
- Your doctor creates a micro incision in the side of the cornea using a diamond blade. Because the incision is so small, this is a “no-stitch” approach that allows the incision to self-seal.
- A tiny tool emitting high-frequency ultrasonic vibrations is used to break up the cataract into smaller segments so it can be removed.
- A pre-determined Intraocular Lens (IOL) is inserted into the eye to restore clear vision. Standard or Lifestyle Lens IOLs are available.
- After a short rest in our office, you should have a friend or family member drive you home so you can rest.
Cataract surgery takes less than 30 minutes per eye. Surgery is performed on one eye at a time; the first eye must be healed before the second eye surgery can be performed.
You will need to wear an eye shield when you are sleeping and administer medicated eye drops as prescribed by your doctor. You should also avoid strenuous activities during the first 1-2 weeks after surgery and try to avoid rubbing the eye.
If you have been diagnosed with cataracts, contact us today to schedule a Cataract Consultation and learn more about your surgical options. Our doctors can help you determine if it is time for cataract surgery and help you choose the right type of IOL for your vision goals and lifestyle.