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Cataract Surgery


Treatment of cataracts

Cataract Diagnosis and Treatment

Cataracts are the leading cause of visual loss in adults age 55 and older and the leading cause of blindness worldwide. By age 65, about half of the human population has a cataract, and by age 75, almost everyone has a cataract. However, cataracts are highly treatable, and through advances in both cataract surgery and intraocular lenses (IOLs), more people are experiencing full restoration of their vision than ever before.

Dr Stephen Dudley, & Dr. Gerald Clarke perform cataract surgery at OptiVision’s own outpatient surgery center. They specialize in LASER ENHANCED HIGH DEFINITION CATARACT SURGERY and Laser Enhanced PanaSEE PLUS, specialized cataract procedures to obtain the best possible distance vision and to restore a full range of vision respectively… only available at OptiVision.

If the natural lens of the eye becomes cloudy, or cataractous, it is typically removed and replaced with an artificial lens (intraocular lens or IOL). This type of procedure is called cataract surgery. It is performed with topical anesthetic (numbing eye drops) in an outpatient setting and typically does not require patching or the use sutures (or stitches). This no needle, no stitch, no patch technique is the standard of care today.

In the hands of experienced surgeons like Dr Stephen Dudley, & Dr. Gerald Clarke modern cataract surgery is safe, effective, pain free and relatively fast, with procedure times under 15 minutes. Below is a basic description of the procedure.

Step 1

Eyedrops are used to dilate the pupil and give the surgeon better access to the cataract. The eye is then numbed using local anesthetics and a micro-incision is placed in the cornea. A very small probe is then inserted into the incision to reach the affected area to allow the surgeon to access the cloudy lens (or cataract).
The lens is then gently removed from the eye using a process called phacoemulsification. The inserted probe produces ultrasound waves to destroy the cataract and break it apart into smaller fragments. The pieces of the cataract are then suctioned out of the eye through the micro-incision.

Step 2

The artificial lens implant, or IOL, is then placed inside the eye in the same area that the natural lens was previously. The rear portion of the natural lens is left untouched and is used to prop up the new artificial lens. The incision is sealed without the need for sutures.

The newly implanted artificial lens requires no maintenance and will not be able to be seen or detected. It now functions as a seamless part of your eye. There are many different artificial lenses made from a variety of different materials and with many different functions. The ideal IOL for you will be selected by your doctor.

You are in safe hands here. OptiVision doctors performed the first microincision cataract surgery and laser surgery for secondary cataracts in the area. Dr Stephen Dudley, & Dr. Gerald Clarke have more collective experience performing cataract surgery than any other practice in the Fox Valley. If you or someone you know has cataracts that are interfering with their daily life, call OptiVision today to schedule an exam and evaluation with one of our qualified surgeons.