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The Different Types Or Methods Of Cataract Surgery

The average cataract operation is carried out in a hospital or in an ambulatory surgery institution. The most usual type of cataract surgery these days is a process called phacoemulsification. With the utilization of an operating microscope, your surgeon will make a very minor cut in the surface of the eye in or in the vicinity of the cornea. A threadlike ultrasound probe, which is often mixed up for a laser, is introduced into the eye and uses ultrasonic pulsations to dissolve (phacoemulsify) the misted up lens. These tiny patchy pieces are then suctioned out through the same ultrasound probe. Once the cataract is separated, a synthetic lens is positioned into the thin capsular bag that the cataract occupied. This lens is indispensable to help your eye focus after surgical treatment.


To hand are three fundamental techniques for cataract surgery: First is phacoemulsification. This is the most common form of cataract elimination as explained above. In this most modern technique, cataract surgery can commonly be performed in less than 30 minutes and usually needs only minimal sedation and anaesthetizing eye drops, no sutures to close the cut, and no eye patch subsequent to surgery.


One more method is extracapsular cataract surgery. This procedure is used above all for very complex cataracts where the lens is too dense to melt into fragments (phacoemulsify). This technique requires a larger incision so that the cataract can be eliminated in one chunk without being split inside the eye. An artificial lens is placed in the same capsular bag as with the phacoemulsification technique. This surgical system requires several stitches to close the larger wound, and optical recovery is frequently slower. Extracapsular cataract removal frequently requires an introduction of numbing drug around the eye and an eye patch following surgery.


The last method to be considered here is Intracapsular cataract surgery. This surgical procedure entails an even larger cut than extracapsular surgery, and the surgeon removes the whole lens and the contiguous capsule at the same time. This skill calls for the intraocular lens to be located in a different location, in front of the iris. This technique is hardly ever used today but can be still be effective in cases of considerable trauma.

That's it, the different kinds of cataract surgery offered to people stricken by cataracts. You need to seek advice from your eye surgeon to ascertain which kind is appropriate in your situation. There's no more explanation why you have to suffer this uncomfortable condition. Visit other resources on refractive surgery for facts about other procedures intended to remedy other eye defects.

By: L. Ocampo