Cataract surgery is one of the most common procedures performed by an ophthalmologist. The front part of the lens envelope, known as the lens capsule, is delicately opened so that the unwanted lens material can be removed. A needle-like ultrasonic device is used to destroy the hardened and yellow proteins that make up the cataract. As the materials are destroyed, a vacuum is used to remove them from the eye.

Chart Illustrating the Steps of Cataract Surgery

Once the cataract has been successfully removed from the eye, an intraocular lens (IOL) is implanted through the incision. The IOL will remain permanently inside your eye in this location, acting similar to a contact lens. IOLs cannot be felt or sensed in any way by the patient. Dr. Gipson can provide you with all of the information and benefits to each IOL. If you are interested in learning more about cataract surgery and IOLs, please contact NeoVision.

Toric Lens

Illustration of a Toric LensThe Toric IOL helps eliminate a patient’s dependence on corrective lenses after they’ve undergone cataract surgery. Patients who have an astigmatic problem and are candidates for cataract surgery can request a Toric IOL to help improve their vision. A Toric IOL can treat both the cataract and astigmatism in one surgical out-patient procedure. If you’re interested in learning more about Toric IOLs please contact NeoVision.

YAG Capsulotomy

YAG Capsulotomy is a surgical procedure that is performed to help relieve cloudiness of the lens. The simple out-patient procedure is often performed after a patient has had cataract surgery and their vision remains cloudy. The procedure is painless and can normally offer results within hours. In some cases, the vision will slowly be restored in the days following the procedure. The risks with YAG Capsulotomy are minimal and Dr. Gipson can review them with you if you are interested in the procedure.

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