Cataract Surgery Orange County - Cataract Removal Los Angeles
Cataract Surgery is one of the most common procedures performed on a regular basis by ophthalmologists. Cataract surgery involves using the small incision phacoemulsification technique. Basically, the smallest incision possible is made so that the unwanted lens material can be removed with an ultrasonic needle.
This cataract removal procedure is performed in a hospital or in an ambulatory surgery center on an outpatient basis. With the use of an operating microscope, Dr. Feinerman will make a very small incision in the surface of the eye in or near the cornea. A normal incision is about 2.5 to 3 millimeters in length and is created at the junction of the cornea and the sclera. An anesthetic is then administered inside the eye through this incision.
The front part of the lens envelope, known as the lens capsule, is delicately opened so that the unwanted lens material can be removed. A thin ultrasound probe, which is often confused with a laser by patients, is inserted into the eye and uses ultrasonic vibrations to dissolve (phacoemulsify) the clouded lens-- destroying the hardened and yellow proteins that make up the cataract. As the materials are destroyed a vacuum is used to remove them from the eye. These tiny fragmented pieces are suctioned out through the same ultrasound probe. Once the cataract is removed, Dr. Feinerman places an artificial lens into the thin capsular bag that the cataract previously occupied. This lens is essential to help your eye focus after surgery. What Types of Intraocular Lens Implants Are Available?
Once the cataract has been successfully removed from the eye an intraocular lens (IOL) is implanted through the incision. The lens is then put into the lens capsule and centered. The IOL will remain permanently inside your eye in this location, acting similar to a contact lens. IOLs cannot be felt or sensed in any way by the patient. Dr. Feinerman will discuss with you which FDA approved IOL will be right for you.
In the past, cataract patients only had the option of a monofocal intraocular lens implant. Monofocal meant that they would only be correct vision for near or far and would most likely still require glasses. In recent years the FDA has approved several advanced lens implants to be used by ophthalmologists for cataract patients. The advance intraocular lenses have the advantage of allowing people to be able to see both near and far distances after surgery. If you have worn glasses, this might be an opportunity to see better without glasses. The main difference between the conventional and new IOLs is in the ability to focus at multiple distances.
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