There is only one permanent solution for a cataract—removing and replacing the clouded lens. Cataract removal surgery is an outpatient procedure that allows restoration of your natural vision in a matter of days.
Albuquerque Cataract Surgery
There are two main parts to the procedure to restore vision impaired by a cataract:
- Removing the clouded natural lens
- Implanting an artificial lens
The first part of the surgery—cataract extraction—requires making a small incision in the cornea to access the natural lens. Dr. Bernitsky will use a process called phacoemulsification, which employs an ultrasonic probe to break the natural lens into small pieces that will be irrigated out.
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The second part of the surgery—lens replacement—positions an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) inside the capsule that held the natural lens. The IOL is made of materials that are non-reactive and stable in the eye. IOLs have been used extensively for nearly 40 years and have been found to be safe, inert and stable over long periods of time. They do not degrade and do not have to be replaced later in life.
Albuquerque Cataract Removal for Vision Correction
By replacing a clouded lens with a clear one, cataract extraction surgery will inevitably improve vision. However, additional vision correction may be accomplished through the cataract removal surgery. The artificial lens will replace and improve the focusing power of the clouded natural lens and can reduce dependence on glasses and contacts after the surgery. Albuquerque LASIK and other secondary procedures may be used to “fine tune” vision after cataract surgery if your desire is to be as free from glasses and contacts as possible.
Eye Care After Cataract Surgery
Recovery from cataract removal surgery is typically quick, but expect some fluctuation in your vision and a gradual improvement over a period of several weeks.
Instructions for your post-operative care will be reviewed prior to surgery. For best results here are a few things to remember:
- Do not rub your eyes
- Do not participate in strenuous exercise or activities that require heavy lifting
- Do use eye drops and take medications as directed
- Do wear eye protection to prevent injury to the eye during recovery.
To ensure the best results and protect your eye health, make sure to go to all follow-up visits with Dr. Bernitsky.
ABQ Monovision and Cataract Surgery
If you have had monovision with your contact lenses prior to cataract surgery, your monovision can be duplicated by changing the power of the lens that replaces your cloudy lens. If you wear reading glasses or have bifocals or progressives in your glasses, you may want to consider monovision prior to having cataract surgery performed. Dr. Bernitsky will discuss all your vision correction options, including monovision, when you come in for a cataract evaluation.
Cataract Correction in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Dr. Bernitsky has over 25 years of experience with the full spectrum of vision correction procedures, including cataract removal surgery. If you have noticed the acuity of your vision has slowly diminished, contact Dr. Bernitsky at Bernitsky Vision for a consultation.