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Cataract Overview

Denver Cataract Surgery: An Overview

Small incision cataract surgery (Phaceomulsification, or Phaco)

Phaceomulsification is when a small incision is made on the side of the cornea. The cornea is a dome-shaped, clear surface that covers the front of the eye and protects it. Your doctor inserts a tiny probe into the eye through the far periphery of the cornea; the probe emits ultrasound waves that break up and soften the lens so that it can be removed by suction. We have performed thousands of small incision cataract surgeries in Denver.

IOL Cataract Surgery (Intraocular lens)

After the natural lens has been removed the lens often replaced by an artificial lens, called an interocular lens, or"IOL." This IOL is a plastic lens that requires no care and becomes a permanent part of the eye. Vision is improved as light is focused clearly by the IOL onto the retina.

What are the risks of a cataract operation?

As with many surgeries, cataract surgery procedures are safer, more efficient, and produce better results than at any time in the past. But it is surgery, and any surgery poses risks.

Before cataract surgery, your doctor may ask you to stop taking certain medications that can increase the risk of bleeding during surgery; this will be a temporary measure.

After cataract surgery you'll be told keep your eye clean, to use prescribed medications that can help reduce the risk of infection, and to wash your hands before touching your eye.

Learn more about the cataract surgery procedure.

How effective is cataract surgery?

Potential cataract patients should know that cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed operations in the United States, and is considered one of the most effective and safest kinds of surgery.