Explanation of procedure

Explanation of procedure

Cataract surgery is one of the safest and most effective surgical procedures. Each year more than 3 million cataract surgeries are performed in the United States. The procedure involves making a tiny incision in the eye (less than 2.5 mm) and inserting an instrument about the size of a pen tip to break up and remove the cloudy lens. The cloudy lens (cataract) is emulsified with ultrasound and the small particles are irrigated out of the tiny slit-like opening. Once removed, a replacement lens or IOL (intraocular lens) is inserted through the same tiny incision and set into its permanent position.

Patients are surprised to find out how easy and pain-free cataract surgery is. It is an outpatient procedure which usually takes 12-15 minutes. Most patients are able to return to their normal activities the very next day.

With the arrival of multifocal and accommodative lenses, surgeons and cataract patients have exciting options to the traditional standard single vision lens. Dr. Paveloff will discuss which lens option is best suited for your lifestyle and the visual outcomes you can expect.

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