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The Methods of Cataract Removal

There are many methods available for cataract removal. With so many different words and alternative methodologies floating around, it can be hard to make sense of it all and easy to get confused. There are two different types of cataract removal. One of which is a standard procedure where an incision is made and the other is laser cataract removal. Let’s take a look at both of these methods.

Phacoemulsification

Phacoemulsification is the most common type of procedure. During this procedure, a small incision is made in the eye. An ultrasonic instrument is then placed in the eye that will deliver ultrasonic waves to gently break up the lens. The broken lens will then be removed by suction. After your natural lens has been removed, an artificial lens called an intraocular lens will replace it.

Extracapsular Cataract Surgery

In some cases the lens will be too thick to be broken up with the ultrasonic instrument. In this case a larger incision (8mm instead of 3mm with phacoemulsification) will be made and the incision will require sutures. The recovery time may be a little longer with this one but your vision will be restored.

Laser Cataract removal

With recent advances in technology, laser cataract removal in Los Angeles is a great option. Laser cataract removal uses a piece of equipment called LenSx®. No incision will be made on your eye. This laser is able to take very detailed measurements of your eye. The parts of our eyes are all the same, but the measurements are all different which is an important consideration with cataract surgery. With the options discussed above, these measurements are done manually. Since the laser can make such a detailed map of the eye, the surgery will be more accurate.

The biggest benefit of laser cataract removal is that it is capable of preforming all of the most difficult parts of the microsurgery accurately. This is because of the femtosecond laser. Since no incision is made on the eye, there are no blades or needles present. This leads to a very short recovery time.

Commonalities

These procedures have more commonalities than differences. What is similar is that an intraocular lens is inserted into the eye. The IOL, as it’s more commonly known, is an artificial lens made of a soft plastic. You will not be able to feel it, nor will anyone else know it’s there. With this in place, you have no chance of developing another cataract in that eye. In some cases the surrounding muscles may not take to the lens. Your surgeon can fix this in just a few seconds using the laser. If you feel any pain at all, it is imperative that you see your doctor as soon as possible.

You should now have more of an idea about cataract removal. There are different types that you can choose from. Laser cataract removal is the most exciting new method that could soon completely replace the standard methods. To find out more about cataract removal in Los Angeles, go to www.beverlyhillsvisions.com

Afshin James Khodabakhsh M.D.

Afshin James Khodabakhsh M.D.

A personal approach to each individual patient has always been the hallmark of Dr. James Khodabakhsh, one of Beverly Hills’ premier anterior segment surgeons. It is more than just personalized care; however, that has made Dr. Khodabkhsh one of the most sought after ophthalmologists in Southern California. You can find Afshin James Khodabakhsh M.D. on Google Plus.

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