There has been a rapid evolution in cataract treatment over the past few years which translates to added patient benefits including improved visual outcomes and faster recoveries. Phacoemulsification is a quick outpatient procedure that corrects vision with little discomfort and rapid return to normal activities. It requires a tiny incision and breaks up the cataract with ultrasound waves. Next, a soft, flexible synthetic intraocular lens (IOL) is inserted into the lens capsule of the eye. There are premium lens options available to customize a patient’s unique vision qualifications. In most cases, the incision is so small that the eye heals rapidly with little or no discomfort. Drops are used after cataract surgery, and the patient is asked to refrain from swimming or water activity for two weeks.
Cataract surgery is considered one of the most popular and highly successful procedures, with improved vision occurring in over ninety percent of cases. In fact, a study by the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery recently reported that more than ninety-eight percent of cataract patients had their vision successfully improved following surgery. Many patients report vision that is even better than before they developed cataracts. Results are permanent; once removed, cataracts will not recur. The implanted lens will last the lifetime of the patient.