About Refractive Cataract Surgery
At inVision Ophthalmology Tuscaloosa, we are excited to serve our patients with the most advanced treatment methods to remove cataracts. Classified as an opacity of the natural lens of the eye, cataracts commonly begin to form at approximately 40 years of age. Refractive cataract surgery is performed using phacoemulsification, a cutting-edge technique that breaks up the cloudy lens, followed by replacing the lens with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) that corrects refractive errors. These specialty IOLs not only rid the patient of cataracts but also stop their reliance on traditional prescription glasses or contacts. Plan a visit to our Tuscaloosa, AL practice to learn whether you may be a candidate for refractive cataract surgery.
Refractive Cataract Surgery Reviews
"Utilizing top notch technology, Dr. Choi provides an excellent patient experience. He is warm and personable, professional and highly skilled. Cataracts at 45 were unexpected, but Dr. Choi put me at ease and the surgery went better than I expected. His staff is kind, knowledgeable, and exhibited professionalism each time I went to the office. I highly recommend Dr. Choi for eye surgery or needs beyond your optometrist."- M.H. / Google / Jul 11, 2021
How Is Refractive Cataract Surgery Done?
In general, ideal candidates for refractive cataract surgery are individuals who have mid- to late-state cataracts and wish to correct refractive errors. During an eye evaluation, one of our knowledgeable doctors will examine your eyes and help you select a premium IOL based on your vision needs and lifestyle. Refractive cataract surgery is a quick, outpatient treatment, completed in 15 – 20 minutes. Once your eyes are fully numbed, your surgeon will make a small incision and then use an ultrasound handpiece to break up and remove the cataract before replacing it with the appropriate IOL. After your cataract surgery, you will need to use prescribed eye drops and avoid scratching your eyes while they heal. Many patients notice slightly cloudy vision for a few days after the procedure with clearer vision developing over the next couple of weeks. Our team recommends that patients come back in for 2 – 4 follow-up appointments.
Refractive Cataract Surgery FAQ
Is refractive cataract surgery safe?
Yes, it is. Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed surgeries in the world, with a very low risk of complications. A research study found refractive cataract surgery to be safer, more effective, and faster than traditional cataract surgery.
Does refractive cataract surgery hurt?
No, it doesn’t. Before we begin, anesthetic drops will be placed in your eyes to numb them and keep you comfortable. Most people only feel slight pressure, if they feel anything at all.
Will I have 20/20 vision after refractive cataract surgery?
While patients must always have realistic expectations for their refractive cataract surgery results, many will achieve 20/20 vision, provided they have no other health issues that can affect their eyesight.
How long is recovery after refractive cataract surgery?
Most patients will recover in about 2 – 3 days, with full recovery in about 4 – 6 weeks. Following post-surgery care instructions and follow-up visits are crucial for a healthy recovery.
What are the types of intraocular lenses?
There are three types of IOLs (intraocular lenses):
- Multifocal IOLs — provides both near and distance vision correction
- Monofocal IOLs — provides either near or distance correction but not both
- Toric IOLs — a type of monofocal lens that corrects astigmatism
Clear Vision After Cataracts
When not treated promptly, cataracts may significantly affect your routine activities and ultimately result in total blindness. Refractive cataract surgery at inVision Ophthalmology Tuscaloosa can allow you to become cataract-free and gain even better vision than you had previously. If you have cataracts, reach out to our Tuscaloosa, AL office to schedule a consultation and learn about your options for removal.