No Stitch/small incision cataract surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. Before surgery, the patient is given an anesthetic to numb the eye and keep them comfortable. During surgery, the surgeon will remove your clouded lens, and replace it with a plastic intraocular lens (IOL) implant. Ultrasound Technology (phacoemulsification) is used to remove the cataract.
What is phacoemulsification?
Phacoemulsification (phaco) is a surgical technique which uses ultrasound technology. In “phaco” or small incision surgery, a small probe is inserted into the capsular membrane which surrounds the cloudy lens. Ultrasound is used to break up (emulsify) the cloudy lens into tiny pieces which can be removed through the tip of the probe. The phaco technique allows the cloudy lens to be removed through an incision as small as 1/6 of an inch wide.
Most patients can resume daily activities almost immediately after surgery; however, vision may be blurry. The eye needs time to heal and adjust so that it can focus properly with the other eye. Follow up visits to the clinic are scheduled to evaluate progress.