About Cataract Surgery

About Cataract Surgery2021-01-20T18:49:33+00:00

Step-by-step Cataract Surgery Procedure Diagram

Cataract Surgery in Boston, MA

The Nielsen Eye Center is proud to offer our patients laser cataract surgery. Alcon’s advanced LenSx® laser offers a precision-based solution for your eyes. This bladeless, computer-controlled laser surgery is performed according to each patient’s eye measurements, allowing for customized cataract surgery. The Nielsen Eye Center is one of the first eye care facilities in the Boston area to offer this advanced laser treatment.

Cataracts are one of the most common eye conditions adversely affecting Americans over the age of 45. The LenSx® laser is the first bladeless cataract surgery developed. While all human eyes share the same basic anatomical structure, each eye has a different size, depth, curvature of the cornea and other key features, which is why every eye must be carefully measured and mapped prior to cataract surgery. While these measurements are routinely performed prior to any eye surgery, the LenSx® laser uses even more advanced technologies to capture incredibly precise, high definition images of your eyes. These images and measurements provide data that is then used to plan and perform a precise procedure not otherwise attainable with traditional surgery. After these measurements are obtained, the surgeon guides the LenSx® laser over the area of the cataract and initiates the laser treatment, lasting approximately 15 seconds. The surgeon then removes the cataract is then removed and a new clear lens is implanted. A new lens is necessary in all cataract surgeries because it replaces the power of your natural lens that was removed. This power allows your eye to see accurately without bulky glasses after surgery. With many lens options available, our surgeons will help determine which lens type is right for you.
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What is Cataract Surgery Like?

On the day of cataract surgery, you will arrive at the Surgery Center in Dedham about an hour prior to your surgery time. Our well-trained nurses greet you and prepare you for IV sedation. We make sure that you are comfortable and relaxed before we move into the operating room. You will then be taken into the surgery suite where anesthetic drops will be administered to minimize any discomfort during the operation.

What is the Cataract Surgery Procedure Like?

During cataract surgery, you lie on your back and look at a bright light. Most of our patients do not feel discomfort or even remember very much about cataract surgery. Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure that typically takes about 5-7 minutes. Through a 2 mm incision, the cataract is broken into microscopic particles using ultrasound waves and gently suctioned from the eye. To compensate for the removal of the eye’s natural lens, an intraocular lens is implanted into the eye. The small incision does not need stitches and remains tightly sealed due to the eye’s natural pressure.

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What are Treatment Options for Cataract Surgery?

Cataract surgery is the most common surgical procedure in the United States. Advancements in technology have led to the development of laser cataract surgery.

What is Laser Cataract Surgery?

Unlike traditional cataract surgery, laser cataract surgery is completely blade-free and the most precise way of performing the surgery. Our surgeons use the laser to create the incisions and break up the cataract into microscopic pieces, which allows for a more efficient and less invasive surgery on the eye.

What is Traditional Cataract Surgery?

In traditional, non-laser cataract surgery, the surgeon uses hand-held instruments and blades to remove your cataract. A basic, single focus lens implant is then placed to correct the vision. With this type of cataract surgery, you will see clearest far away but less clear at mid-range and near distances. Patients opting for the traditional cataract surgery with a basic lens will still need to wear reading glasses and may also need bifocals or progressive glasses after surgery.

What is Cataract Surgery Recovery Like?

Cataract surgery is done on an outpatient basis and patients are able to return home the very same day. Patients are advised to avoid heavy lifting for a week. Patients begin postoperative eye drops to avoid inflammation or infection. According to a survey conducted by the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, more than 98% of cataract patients had their vision successfully improved after cataract surgery. Many patients experience vision that is actually better than before they developed cataracts!

Schedule a Consultation

To learn more about cataract surgery, or for any questions regarding the corrective vision procedure at our Boston-area practice, please contact our office to speak with an eye care coordinator or fill out the form below. Our Patient Advocates can arrange a free consultation for you and help you navigate the many options that are available for you. Call and ask for a Patient Advocate now at 877-373-2020. The sooner you come in, the sooner you will be seeing more clearly.

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