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Cataract Surgery

Many patients become overwhelmed when they hear that they have cataracts and get concerned about the surgery that will follow. This is completely normal; in fact it is a myth that cataract surgery is painful or hard to perform. According to many sources cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed Medicare reimbursed surgical procedures performed in the United States today.

If you are someone suffering cataracts or have a family member who is suffering from cataracts and you are helping them do the research we encourage you to carefully review the pages of the cataract section on this website. The cataract surgeons at Thomas Eye Group are not only experts in their field but also use the most up-to-date techniques practiced in modern day cataract surgery.

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Cataract Surgery - phacoemulsification

The modern day cataract surgery technique is routinely performed with small incision micro-surgery through a process known as phacoemulsification. The cataract removal and surgical process is actually done using the smallest possible incision, and removal of the lens material is accomplished using an ultrasonic probe. Before a new man-made intraocular lens can be implanted, the hardened cataract needs to be removed. After the eye is cleaned and proper dilation of the pupil has been achieved the surgeon is ready to make the incision. A micro-incision about the size of 3 millimeters is created at the junction of the cornea and the white part of the eye known as the sclera. The lens capsule is then opened and the ultrasonic probe is inserted so that the cataract can be removed. The ultrasonic probe pulverizes the cataract and suctions out the cataract material.

Laser Cataract Surgery

Thomas Eye Group is proud to offer femtosecond assisted laser cataract surgery using the CATALYS® Precision Laser System. With the CATALYS® Laser, your surgeon can provide:

  • Customized treatment with advanced 3D imaging
  • Laser precise treatment
  • Gentle approach to surgery

Many of the steps of cataract surgery that are traditionally performed using handheld instruments can now be completed using the precision of a laser. Ask your doctor if laser cataract surgery with the CATALYS® Precision Laser System is right for you.

Insertion of the intraocular lens

After the cataract is removed the surgeon is ready to implant a man made intraocular lens. This is a crucial point of understanding for patients. Patients can either have a monofocal lens which will only correct vision for one distance or they can opt to upgrade to premium lens implant that can reduce or eliminate their need for glasses after cataract surgery. There is an additional cost to upgrade to premium IOLs, while traditional monofocal lenses are covered by Medicare. Please feel free to review our premium lens implant options:

AcrySof ® IQ ReSTOR® Multifocal IOL
TECNIS® lens Multifocal IOL
Crystalens® Accomodating IOL
ACRYSOF® IQ Toric aspheric IOL

Understanding Intraocular Lenses

The intraocular lens (IOL) is a foldable lens that slides through a tube like a fruit roll-up and unfolds in the capsular bag. The Thomas Eye Group cataract surgeon may center the new lens with the lens capsule if necessary. Once the lens is centered, the surgery is complete. In most cases no stitches are required to seal the incision due specifically to the 3 mm size. This is why it is called micro-surgery by many eye doctors.

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After Cataract Surgery
What happens after surgery?

Patients are typically concerned about the cataract surgery recovery process. The doctors at Thomas Eye Group provide the best quality care and thoroughly explain what you can expect after cataract surgery. Recovery from cataract surgery is generally very quick. Most patients obtain better vision within the first 24 hours of the procedure. Itching and mild discomfort are normal after cataract surgery. Some fluid discharge is also common. Your eye may be sensitive to light and touch. If you have discomfort, your doctor can suggest treatment. After one or two days, any moderate discomfort should disappear.

For a few days after surgery, your doctor may ask you to use eye drops to help healing and decrease the risk of infection. Ask your cataract eye doctor about how to use your eye drops, how often to use them, and what effects they can have. You will need to wear an eye shield or eyeglasses to help protect your eye. Avoid rubbing or pressing on your eye.

In most cases, healing will be complete within eight weeks. Your doctor will schedule exams to check on your progress. Each person heals differently so it is important to discuss the cataract surgery recovery with your eye doctor.

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Premium Lens Implants
Intraocular Lens Options

Modern day lens implants for after cataract surgery have been significantly improved over the last 10 to 20 years. Prior to the advent of premium lens implants or multifocal IOLs a cataract surgery patient had one option. This one option was a monofocal lens implant, which could only correct vision at one distance. Now patients have the options for multifocal and accommodating lens implants that can correct vision at near, far and intermediate distances. Some patients that receive this lens implant can even eliminate glasses from their lifes. These intraocular lenses come in a variety of materials and designs. Your cataract surgeon will be able to advise you on what type of lens would be best for your unique visual situation and lifestyle requirements. It is important for patients to realize that while cataract surgery with intraocular lens implantation frequently results in a reduced dependency on eyeglasses it is never guaranteed to eliminate this need totally.

If you are seeking a cataract surgeon in the state of Georgia you will be happy to know that the Thomas Eye Group has a completely certified surgery center. Thomas Eye Group is a multi-specialty ophthalmology practice with offices in , Atlanta, Decatur, Lilburn, Newnan, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Suwanee, and Woodstock, Georgia.

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Did you know?

More than three million cataract surgeries are performed in the United States each year. Cataract surgery is considered one of the safest and most effective of all medical procedures.

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