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Surgical Procedures for Cataracts
- Feel unsafe or uncomfortable
Be unable to perform normal daily tasks or activities such as:
- Watching television
- Taking medications
- Phacoemulsification (Small Incision Cataract Surgery)—A tiny probe is inserted into the eye. The probe emits ultrasound waves that break up the cloudy lens into small fragments, and then suction removes these fragments. This is the most common form of cataract removal surgery. This procedure usually does not require stitches.
- Extracapsular Surgery—An incision is made in the eye and the hard center of the lens is removed. The remainder of the lens may be removed by suction. Or, the back capsule of your lens may be left in place to serve as a place for the artificial lens to rest. This surgery requires stitches. This method is rarely performed in developed countries due to possible complications.
Before, during, and after your cataract surgery. Vancouver Island Health Authority website. Available at: http://www.viha.ca/NR/rdonlyres/D8D64302-6F3C-4CFF-B525-E90B2D8D3957/0/cataract.pdf. Accessed November 21, 2013.
Cataract. American Optometric Association website. Available at: http://www.aoa.org/patients-and-public/eye-and-vision-problems/glossary-of-eye-and-vision-conditions/cataract. Accessed November 21, 2013.
Facts about cataract. National Eye Institute. Available at: http://www.nei.nih.gov/health/cataract/cataract%5Ffacts.asp. Updated September 2009. Accessed November 21, 2013.
What are cataracts? American Academy of Ophthalmology EyeSmart website. Available at: http://www.geteyesmart.org/eyesmart/diseases/cataracts.cfm. Accessed November 21, 2013.
What is a cataract? NIH Senior Health website. Available at: http://nihseniorhealth.gov/cataract/whatisacataract/01.html. Accessed November 21, 2013.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 11/2013
- Update Date: 11/21/2013