Cataract Surgery, What to Expect…

CataractWhen you have a cataract, the lens within your eye has become cloudy and your vision becomes impaired. It must be removed and replaced with a clear artificial lens, which surgeons call an Intraocular Lens, or IOL. This new lens gives patients clear, cataract free vision. Your surgeon will only perform cataract surgery on one eye at a time and if needed, typically performs cataract surgery on the second eye a few weeks later.

The cataract procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and does not require an overnight stay in a hospital. First, your surgeon will give you a sedative to help you relax. Next, your surgeon will numb your eye using only eye drops.

Once numb, your surgeon then uses a technology called phacoemulsification to break the cataract into smaller pieces so it can be easily removed. The phacoemulsification technique uses ultrasound which allows surgeons to perform cataract surgery in only minutes and helps with a faster healing time.  Once your cataract is removed, your surgeon will then implant an artificial IOL, which will allow you to see well. Many patient will still require glasses in order to see well in the distance and nearly all will require reading glasses or bifocals in order to see up close.

For patients that wish to reduce or eliminate their need for reading glasses or bifocals following cataract surgery, Northampton Eye Physicians offers premium Lens Implants, which allow most patients to do most things most of the time without
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