Traditional Cataract Surgery in Raleigh-Durham
With years of experience in traditional cataract surgery methods, Dr. Michael Kelly, the renowned cataract surgeon at Kelly Eye Center, has helped countless eye surgery patients in the Raleigh-Durham area experience restored vision through effective cataract removal.
What to Expect From Your Cataract Surgery Procedure
Step 1: Topical anesthesia
Topical anesthesia is applied through drops and/or ointment to the eye to numb the eye for traditional cataract surgery (performed with a clear cornea incision). Recovery is faster than with a needle injection and eliminates the need for an eye patch post-surgery.
Step 2: Clear corneal incision cataract surgery
A clear cornea incision is made (3 mm or smaller) in the perimeter of the cornea near the temple to create a corneal tunnel through which the intraocular lens will be implanted. This entire procedure will take less than 8 minutes on average. The incision is self-sealing, reducing healing time and the possibility of surgically-induced astigmatism.
Step 3: Phacoemulsification
A phacoemulsifier is an ultrasonic probe which vibrates 40,000 times a second, breaking up the cataract into tiny, microscopic pieces which are gently aspirated out of the eye.
Step 4: Intraocular lens (IOL)
Finally, an intraocular lens will be placed inside your eye to take the place of the natural lens that has been removed.
To learn more about traditional cataract surgery or the other cataract treatment options available to you at Kelly Eye Center, please give our team a call at 919.282.1100. We look forward to serving you.