Cataract surgery is an extremely safe and simple procedure with an excellent success rate. Cataract surgery involves removing the eye’s natural cloudy lens and replacing it with a clear, artificial lens implant, known as an intraocular lens (IOL). Both steps are usually done at the same time with topical anesthesia and on an outpatient basis. The procedure is painless before, during, and after surgery, and commonly takes only 10 to 15 minutes.
Cataract surgery is performed on one eye at a time, with a short healing period in between. At Southern Eye Group of Alabama, we offer both traditional cataract surgery and laser cataract surgery, as well as an array of IOL options to provide improvement in eye clarity and function.
After making a very small incision outside your field of vision, your eye surgeon will insert a tiny probe that uses ultrasound to break up the clouded natural lens. Once the natural lens is removed, the IOL will be inserted and correctly positioned.
Many of the same steps of traditional cataract surgery are performed with handheld instruments; however, our eye doctors use a Femto laser during laser cataract surgery to create precise incisions, including the circular incision to access and remove the cataract.
Both procedures quickly and effectively produce clearer vision with minimal discomfort, but the main differences between the two methods are:
For a quicker recovery, it is important that you take precautions and all medications according to your eye doctor’s instructions. You will need to wear a patch over your eye for a short time, as well as a plastic shield at bedtime to cover and protect your eye. Most cataract surgery patients return to their normal activities within a day or two of surgery.
There are various types of IOLs that can be used to replace your natural lens. A standard monofocal intraocular lens provides clear vision at a specific distance. These lenses offer an overall improvement in clarity and function, but reading glasses are almost always necessary for near vision. There are premium lens options to be considered in order to avoid the need for eyeglasses.
If you would like the freedom of not wearing glasses or contacts, or if you have an astigmatism, premium IOLs are the best option. Toric IOLs are premium monofocal lenses because they also correct refractive disorders such as astigmatisms. Because Toric IOLs are convex on both sides, they correct astigmatisms, as well as near and farsightedness, in addition to fixing the cataract.
A premium lifestyle multifocal IOL is the most advanced lens—providing clean and clear vision at various distances without the necessity of glasses. Compared to conventional IOLs, premium lenses provide several advantages:
The cost of cataract surgery varies based on several factors, such as:
During your consultation at our office, your eye doctor will conduct a medical evaluation and review the surgical options that will best meet your needs, lifestyle, and budget.
Our eye doctors have developed several cataract treatment surgical packages that are priced based on the type of surgery and lenses that are used. The options include:
If you are experiencing symptoms of cataracts and want to learn more about all the IOL and cataract surgery options, please contact Southern Eye Group in our office to schedule a consultation. You can also make an appointment online now. Let us help you get back to your life with clearer vision!