Under normal circumstances, cataract surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure and the duration of your stay at our surgery center is brief, usually lasting only a few hours from beginning to end. While in surgery the eye is fully anesthetized to eliminate any pain or discomfort. An anti-anxiety medication will also be given intravenously to provide a twilight level of relaxed sedation.
During cataract surgery, the cloudy natural lens will be replaced with an intraocular lens implant (IOL). Image-guided cataract surgery improves centration of lens implants. Advanced phacoemulsification systems are available at the North Florida Eye Center, PA and are used to remove the cloudy cataract lens through small, self-sealing corneal incisions without any need of stitches. Once the cloudy lens is removed, a clear artificial lens is inserted in its place to restore clear eyesight. The level of eyesight that is improved after surgery is truly amazing; however, the selection of lens implant and whether laser technology is used will impact the level of freedom from glasses and contacts.
Dr. Maher Fanous uses LenSx® technology to evaluate your eyes. The LenSx® waves gently disperse over the curvature of your eye, allowing a live image of your eye to be generated on a nearby computer. The real-time image is studied by your surgeon, as he or she distinguishes where to make the initial incisions in your eye. Once the sites have been mapped out, the computer-guided laser makes several small, precise incisions in the surface of your eye. The process is quick, virtually painless, and incredibly accurate. After the incisions have been made, the laser is used to soften the cataract and break it into smaller segments.