Overview of Cataract Surgery

Traditional Cataract Surgery

In traditional phacoemulsification cataract surgery, a tiny incision is made at the edge of the cornea to create an opening in the membrane surrounding the affected lens (the lens capsule). An ultrasonic probe is inserted to vibrate and break the lens apart into small fragments. The lens is removed and a permanent Intraocular Lens (IOL) is implanted behind the pupil. No stitches are needed due to the small size of the incision and the natural healing abilities of the cornea. Visual acuity improves noticeably within a few days.

Laser Cataract Surgery

We are proud to offer laser cataract surgery as an option for our patients. Using the LenSx® laser, we can provide true individualization in cataract surgery. Rather than using a manual blade for the corneal incision, this process uses a bladeless, computer-controlled laser to plan and perform your surgery to exact individualized specifications. The LenSx laser uses highly-advanced technologies to measure incredibly accurate, high-definition images of your eyes before surgery. This data is used to plan and perform surgery that is unique to you.

Cataract surgery at Mosaddegh Eye Insitute is performed on one eye at a time to allow for proper healing, with the second eye surgery done approximately two weeks later if necessary.

Benefits of Cataract Surgery

  • Procedure takes approximately 15 minutes to perform
  • Clear vision can be restored
  • Virtually painless procedure
  • Only topical or block anesthesia is required
  • Incisions are self-sealing so stitches are not needed for most patients
  • Most patients resume normal activities the following day

Additional Technology During Surgery

We implement Optiwave® Refractive Analysis (ORA) technology to ensure that the advanced IOL we have chosen for your replacement lens is perfectly selected and placed. The ORA System allows our surgeons to:

  • Take accurate measurements of your eye during surgery, after the cataract is removed
  • Measure the true refractive power of the eye
  • Select the appropriate power of your IOL
  • Tailor your procedure to provide a better visual outcome
  • Reduce the need for re-treatments