The most common form of cataract surgery with our Williamsbridge eye surgeon today involves a process called phacoemulsification. With the use of an operating microscope, a very small incision will be made in the surface of your eye in, or near, your cornea. A thin ultrasound probe will be inserted into your eye and uses ultrasonic vibrations to dissolve (phacoemulsify) your clouded lens. These tiny fragmented pieces are then suctioned out through the same ultrasound probe. Once the cataract is removed, an artificial lens is placed into the thin capsule-shaped bag that the cataract occupied previously. This lens is necessary in order to help your eye focus after surgery.
This groundbreaking procedure is used to break up your cataract with cutting-edge ultrasound technology. According to the National Institutes of Health, most cataracts are related to aging, and by the age of 80, more than half of Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery. This new ultrasound laser technology creates less energy time inside your eye, less inflammation inside the eye, and it limits the amount of complications that can happen. Our Williamsbridge eye surgeon feels the main advantage of the laser technology, over current cataract surgery techniques, is the precision and added safety. Less ultrasound is needed when the cataract is softened by the laser first. In addition, the laser does a very precise job, and our expectation at Vision Center of New York, is that over time, the outcomes of the cataract surgeries will be better sustained.
After cataract surgery, you can expect your vision to begin improving within a few days. Your vision may be blurry at first as your eye heals and adjusts. We will want you to see our Williamsbridge eye surgeon a day or two after your surgery, again the week after, and then after about a month, so we can monitor your healing process. Eyedrops may be prescribed, or other medication, to prevent infection, reduce inflammation and control eye pressure. After a couple of days, most of your discomfort should disappear. Quite often, total healing occurs within eight weeks.