Traditional Cataract Surgery
Seen as both incredibly safe and exceptionally dependable, traditional cataract surgery, known as phacoemulsification, is one of the most routinely performed procedures worldwide. Our extensively trained ophthalmologist at inVision Ophthalmology Tuscaloosa is highly knowledgeable in both traditional and laser cataract surgery and can determine which method is the most optimal for patients by providing comprehensive eye exams. The most important difference between the two procedures is that traditional surgery is done with manually operated surgical implements while laser surgery is mainly done using state-of-the-art laser technology. Set up a consultation at our office in Tuscaloosa, AL to get more information about your options for cataract surgery.
Traditional Cataract Surgery Reviews
"Five Stars - He is a very special doctor. He himself called to check on me after I had cataract surgery. He puts his patients at ease and treats them like they are his only patient. He is one of a kind. I'll recommend him to all my friends. He's the best. Thanks again."- Anonymous / Vitals / Jun 04, 2016
"What can i say it was like the classic cinematic trick in the Wizard of Oz where Kansas was filmed in black and white then when Dorothy arrived in Oz it was in color. The staff was wonderful and I also had vision correction in left eye. I had bad vision all of my life and RK surgery complicated the cataract surgery and the vision i now have at my age is amazing. Great job."- E.R. / Google / May 28, 2021
"Performed cataract surgery on both eyes 5 years ago. My vision improved markedly and has remained excellent to present. His O.D. Dr. Gregory is also excellent and the imaging test equipment including ultrasound is state of the art. They monitor my angle closure glaucoma every 4 months with pressures of 10 in each eye. Vision last appointment (March 2019) was 20/15. Not bad for 76 years old. Great doctors, great office!!!!!!"- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Apr 24, 2019
"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
What To Expect with Traditional Cataract Surgery
At inVision Ophthalmology Tuscaloosa, we will perform a thorough eye exam to decide if traditional cataract surgery is the recommended treatment. Traditional cataract surgery generally takes about ten minutes per eye. After your eyes have been numbed, your surgeon will make a microscopic incision at the outside boundary of the corneal tissue. We will then utilize a separate instrument to access the lens via the incision. This instrument breaks apart the cataracted lens by emitting ultrasonic waves so it can be gently suctioned out and replaced with a new artificial lens through the same opening, which will heal on its own. Once the surgery is done, our team will provide recovery instructions, such as using prescription eye drops. It is normal to notice some cloudy vision for the next few days, but this should dissipate quickly. You will need to attend several follow-up appointments so your doctor can monitor your recovery.
Traditional Cataract Surgery FAQ
Does traditional cataract surgery hurt?
No, it doesn't. Before we begin, your surgeon will completely numb your eyes with anesthetic drops. Most patients don't feel anything during the procedure, but some may experience a slight sensation of pressure.
How long does a traditional cataract surgery procedure take?
A typical traditional cataract surgical procedure takes about 10 minutes per eye. With surgical prep time, the entire procedure can be finished in less than an hour.
Is traditional cataract surgery safe?
Yes, it is. Traditional cataract surgery has been widely used for more than 60 years, and when performed by experienced surgeons like the members of our team at inVision Ophthalmology Tuscaloosa, it is very safe and effective with little to no risk of complications.
Is laser cataract surgery better than traditional cataract surgery?
While lasers can provide more precise incisions and reliable outcomes, traditional cataract surgery is still very safe and effective. So the answer is that one isn't better than the other, but what is best for your eye health. During your consultation at inVision Ophthalmology Tuscaloosa, we will examine your eyes and go over your medical history to determine if traditional cataract surgery is right for you.
Can cataract surgery correct refractive errors?
Yes, it can. When your damaged cornea is removed and replaced with an IOL (intraocular lens), many patients can correct their refractive errors, even achieving 20/20 vision. The 30 – 50% of patients that opt for monofocal lenses will still need glasses and/or contact lenses.
Say Goodbye to Cataracts
At inVision Ophthalmology Tuscaloosa, we are committed to improving the vision and well-being of our patients. If you have been diagnosed with cataracts, reach out to our Tuscaloosa, AL practice to schedule an evaluation with our team of experts. We would be happy to provide more information about our cutting-edge procedures for cataract removal.