During surgery, the doctor will begin by making a small incision in the surface of the eye in order to remove the clouded lens. A small ultrasonic instrument is inserted in the eye to break up the cataract and remove it. Through the small incision a new artificial lens called an intraocular lens (IOL) is placed in the eye. The IOL will not change the outward appearance of your eye, but it can drastically improve your vision. The exact shape and size of each IOL may vary, but all are held in place by small flexible loops called haptics that are attached to the lens. IOL’s are intended to last a lifetime, and are made of materials like silicone and acrylic that will not irritate your eye.
You will be asked to return the day after surgery to be examined by a doctor. Several eye drops will be used for three to four weeks to help the eye fully recover from the surgery. Once your eye has completely healed following the surgery, your vision should be clearer, though you may still need corrective lenses to optimize your vision. However, Eye Clinic of Wisconsin offers options that can reduce your dependency on contacts or glasses after cataract surgery. If this is of interest to you, be sure to discuss the possibilities of advanced lens implants or post-cataract refractive surgery (ecLASIK) at your consultation.
Intraocular Lens Options
When considering cataract surgery, it is important understand that there are a variety IOL options that will match your lifestyle and vision goals: