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Since most cataracts are associated with ageing, at Menger Eye Centre, cataracts surgery is a highly performed procedure that provides excellent visual outcomes in our elderly patients. At Menger Eye Centre, cataract surgery is one of the safest and most effective surgeries performed by Dr. Peter Menger. Dr. Peter Menger is a board-certified ophthalmologist with years of experience in the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of all matters associated to eye diseases. At Menger Eye Centre we are driven to improve the quality of life for our patients.
What is Cataract Surgery?
A cataract is when the lens inside the eye becomes cloudy and as a result causes loss of vision that cannot be corrected with glasses, contact lenses or LASIK surgery.
At Menger Eye Centre, we offer modern cataract surgery which can restore vision and can often reduce the dependence on glasses too. Performing a cataract surgery requires the removal of the cloudy lens inside the eye with replacement of a clear artificial lens (intraocular lens). At Menger Eye Centre, we perform both traditional cataract surgery and laser-assisted cataract surgery dependent on the patient’s needs.
Prior to undergoing cataract surgery, patients are required to undergo comprehensive eye exams to determine the overall health of the eyes as well as to evaluate whether cataract surgery is a suitable treatment for you. Patients undergoing surgery are prescribed eyedrops to help prevent infection and swelling during and after the surgery.
Traditional Cataract Surgery
Dr. Peter Menger and his team perform cataract surgery as an outpatient procedure allowing patients to return home once the procedure is complete. During the surgery, the patient will remain awake throughout the entire procedure and may see light and movement, however the eye itself will be numbed with eyedrops or an injection around the eye. During a traditional cataract surgery,Dr. Peter Menger will create small incisions near the edge of the cornea using a small hand-held blade. A micro surgical instrument is inserted through the incision to reach the cataract lens. A circular opening is created in the lens capsule to allow insertion of a probe to apply sound waves to break up the cloudy center of the lens. These broken pieces of lens are suctioned out of the eye using a suction instrument. The artificial lens is then placed, and the corneal incisions are filled with a liquid and eventually self-seal over time. In order to protect and heal the eye, a shield will be placed over the eye after surgery.
Laser-assisted Cataract Surgery
Similarly, to traditional cataract surgery, Dr. Peter Menger performs laser-assisted cataract surgery in an outpatient basis. A camera/ ultrasound imaging device is placed over the eye to measure and map the correct information about the lens. This information is then sent to a computer that programs the precise location, size and depth of the incisions. The laser is utilized to make the corneal incision allowing for an opening into the lens capsule. Following this, the same traditional process is used to break the lens and replace it with an artificial lens. Patients diagnosed with astigmatism can benefit from a laser-assisted cataract surgery since it can also correct the refractive error within the same cataract procedure.
Cataract Surgery Recovery and After-care
After surgery, patients can go home with their follow-ups and eye exams scheduled. Eyedrops will be prescribed with directions given from the ophthalmologist. At Menger Eye Center, we prioritize in the well-being of our patients and highly request patients to wear a shield to protect the eye both during the daytime and nighttime. They are to avoid utilizing any soaps or allowing water directly in the eye.
Benefits of Cataract Surgery
Several benefits are associated to undergoing cataract surgery. These include;
- Reduces risk of bleeding
- No irritation, scarring or distortion
- Improves your quality of life, such as reading or driving
- Low-risk, fast and effective