Choosing a Denver cataract surgeon can be difficult if you are not properly educated about what is a cataract and how this cataract is removed. Although cataract surgery is one of the most performed surgeries today, it is serious surgery and you will need a surgeon with credible experience and a strong knowledge of lens implantation.
Cataract surgery is the only way to remove a cataract and restore clear vision. The cataract surgeons at Hines Sight will recommend cataract surgery when cataracts begin to limit your activities.
What happens during cataract surgery?
During cataract surgery, the natural lens of your eye is removed and replaced with a clear artificial lens called an intraocular lens implant (IOL). The surgical process is performed under a special microscope and involves making a small incision and manipulating small instruments inside the eye (intraocular) and is termed intraocular micro-surgery. The removal of the lens material is accomplished, using an ultrasonic needle to emulsify the lens material, phacoemulsification. Once the eye has been properly dilated, the eye is then prepared with a cleaning solution. Topical anesthetic drops are then administered to the surface of the eye. Next, under a microscope, an incision 3 millimeters in length is created at the junction of the cornea (the clear dome on the front of the eye) and the sclera (the white part of the eye). Another dose of anesthetic is then administered inside the eye through this incision. The front part of the lens capsule (envelopes the lens as the skin of a grape envelopes a grape) is carefully opened so that the lens material can be removed. The phacoemulsification is then performed, which pulverizes the hardened and yellowed lens proteins known as the nucleus of the cataract. The emulsified material is simultaneously irrigated and aspirated (vacuumed) from the eye.
Once all of the cataract material has been removed a foldable intraocular lens is then inserted through the original incision and positioned into the remaining "bag" of the lens capsule. The lens will remain inside your eye in this location without moving. Intraocular lenses cannot be felt or sensed in any way by the patient.
Cataract surgery is virtually painless and recovery is quick. Your eye may be patched when you leave the facility, but the patch will be removed the next day. You will notice an improvement in your vision; however, you may still need glasses for some tasks. In 60 percent of cataract surgery patients, the capsule that holds the new intraocular lens becomes cloudy. This can happen anywhere from months to years after the procedure. If this occurs, a laser is used to make a small opening in the capsule. This procedure takes just a few minutes in the office and will make your vision clear again.
Following your cataract surgery at our Denver, Colorado center you will need to carefully follow the post-operative instructions of Dr. William Hines. You must use the eye drops as prescribed and be careful not to rub, bump, or put any pressure on your eye. Be sure to discuss driving and get the proper instructions for driving after cataract surgery. It is normal to feel mild irritation or itching after cataract surgery. You can clean your eyelids, very gently, with tissue or cotton balls to remove any discharge. The doctors at Hines-Sight will prescribe eyedrops or other medication to prevent infection, relieve inflammation, control the pressure of the eye and keep it moist.
If glasses are required following surgery to achieve the best possible vision, either for close up work such as reading, or for distance purposes, these will be prescribed four to six weeks after surgery when full recovery is expected. If both eyes are scheduled to have surgery within a few weeks of each other, then glasses, if needed, will be prescribed following the full recovery of the second eye. Patients may elect for multifocal or premium lens implants after surgery that reduce dependence on glasses. In some cases, glasses may not be required at all. Additionally, LASIK may be performed to enhance the quality of vision after cataract surgery.
Our Denver, Colorado Cataract Surgeons
Our Colorado cataract surgeon, Justin P. Coco, D.O., looks forward to liberating you from the burden of cataracts! Please contact us to discuss your cataract surgery options, and see Colorado clearly again! If you would like more information about our exceptional physicians, visit their pages for more information on background and experience.
Did you know?
In 1949 Harold Ridley implanted the first intraocular lens in London England. (International Intraocular Surgery Club) By 1952 the first intraocular lens was implanted in the United States. It is amazing to think that lens implantation has been evolving for almost 60 years. For more historical information regarding cataract surgery please visit www.iiiclub.org