Kirk Eye Center is pleased to now offer the latest in bladeless cataract surgery with the Catalys Precision Laser System, available in our conveniently located physician owned surgery center right next door!
Cataract surgery is performed on an outpatient basis with the patient awake. Numbing drops or an injection of local anesthetic make the surgery painless. The most common and most advanced cataract surgery technique is called phacoemulsification. During phaco surgery, a small ultrasonic probe is used to breaks up (emulsify) the cloudy lens into tiny pieces, which are then removed from the eye. Phaco surgery requires only a small incision of 3.5 millimeters (1/8 inch) or less. Stitches are seldom needed to close this tiny wound. This causes less discomfort and allows for a much quicker recovery of vision.
Many of these steps are traditionally performed using handheld tools, but recent advancements now utilize a laser for greater precision and customization of your cataract surgery procedure. We are proud to offer your patients a bladeless, all-laser approach to cataract surgery.
Once the cataract is removed, an artificial lens implant (called an intraocular lens, or IOL) is gently placed into the eye. Standard IOLs provide clear vision and excellent clarity for distant objects, but more patients who receive these standard lenses will require glasses for near and intermediate vision activities such as reading or using a computer. Thanks to recent advances, we are now proud to offer replacement lenses that are specially designed to reduce or eliminate your independence on glasses. If one of these lenses better suits your lifestyle, one of our doctors will happy to discuss it with you.