Ultrasound Phaco Cataract

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Cataract removal is a common procedure, and is safely performed millions of times each year. During the procedure, the cataract surgeon removes the clouded crystalline lens that has affected your vision, and replaces it with a clear, artificial, IOL (intraocular lens). As a result, patients can achieve better vision. Cataract surgery used to require a fairly large incision in the eye, and the use of sutures to close that incision. Today, technological advances allow surgeons to work through an incision much smaller than in the past, usually requiring no sutures at all. Small incision cataract surgery, is made possible by using ultrasound phacoemulsification or femtosecond laser. The sound waves break a cataract up into tiny fragments, that can then be removed through the small incision. The other advance that makes small incision cataract surgery possible, is the monofocal, multifocal and toric foldable intraocular lens implant. These implants are made of folded soft materials rolled-up with a special instrument, allowing them to fit through very small incisions. Once inside the eye, these lenses unfold and return to their original shape. Small incision cataract surgery is less invasive, allows patients to resume normal activities soon after surgery, and provides the fastest recovery of vision.

 

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