Cataract Surgery

Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is usually an outpatient procedure that typically takes an hour or less to perform. Using the most up to date methods and instrumentation, cataract surgery is typically performed using a small incision phacoemulsification technique. This means that the cataract surgery is accomplished using the smallest possible incision.

Eye drops will be placed in your eye to dilate your pupil. A topical anesthetic is administered to the surface of the eye and you may be given a sedative to help you relax. It is typically rare that general anesthesia is used for cataract surgery. During the cataract surgery, the cloudy lens is removed, and a clear artificial or man made lens is implanted. This is accomplished using a needle-like ultrasonic device, which pulverizes the hardened and yellowed lens proteins. The pulverized material is simultaneously vacuumed from the eye.

After all of the cataract material has been removed from the eye, a folded intraocular lens specifically chosen by Dr. Palmer to suit your individual needs is then inserted through the original incision and maneuvered into the lens capsule and then centered. The lens will remain inside your eye in this location without moving.