Traditional Cataract Surgery in Tuscaloosa, AL

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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.

What Are the Benefits of Traditional Cataract Surgery?

Our patients in Tuscaloosa, AL appreciate the many advantages of traditional cataract surgery when performed by our experienced team at InVision Ophthalmology Tuscaloosa. These benefits include:

  • Completely safe procedure
  • Incredible results
  • An ability to correct refractive errors
  • Quick surgery time

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.

Am I A Good Candidate For Cataract Surgery?

The majority of individuals diagnosed with cataracts are eligible for traditional cataract removal surgery as long as they have good general physical health. Certain kinds of astigmatism may decrease the potential for ideal outcomes, which might affect an individual's eligibility for the procedure. Several types of astigmatism can be addressed during cataract surgery. In addition, certain preexisting eye disorders, including macular degeneration or a detached retina, may hinder someone's eligibility for cataract surgery. Occasionally, cataract surgery might be determined to be elective surgery based on the stage of vision impairment and other circumstances. At inVision Ophthalmology Tuscaloosa, we perform a detailed examination of each patient’s eye health and any previous medical problems to determine whether traditional cataract surgery will be the most suitable treatment.

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.

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