Refractive Cataract Surgery in Tuscaloosa, AL

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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.

What are the benefits of refractive cataract surgery?

Located right here in Tuscaloosa, our practice offers this innovative procedure that goes beyond traditional cataract treatment to deliver outstanding vision correction. Benefits from getting refractive cataract surgery include:

  • Sharper Vision: Our state-of-the-art technology allows for precision that corrects not just the cataract but also astigmatism, giving you clearer vision than ever before.

  • Quick Recovery: With minimally invasive techniques, most patients experience a speedy recovery and can return to their normal activities quickly.

  • Long-lasting Results: This is not just a temporary fix; refractive cataract surgery aims to offer sustainable, long-term vision improvement.

  • Convenience: Forget about the hassle of glasses or contacts. Many of our patients significantly reduce or even eliminate their need for corrective lenses post-surgery.

  • Enhanced Quality of Life: The gift of clear vision impacts every aspect of daily life, from reading and driving to enjoying the beauty of a sunset without the blur.

Who Is A Candidate for Refractive Cataract Surgery?

Ideal candidates for refractive cataract surgery at inVision Ophthalmology Tuscaloosa are typically individuals over 40 years of age experiencing cataracts. This advanced procedure is particularly beneficial for those wishing to correct refractive errors alongside cataract removal. The surgery involves using phacoemulsification to break up the cloudy lens and replace it with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) tailored to the patient's vision needs. These specialty IOLs not only eliminate cataracts but also reduce or eliminate dependence on traditional prescription eyewear.

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.

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