Cataract surgery at Apple Hill Eye Center
Over the years, cataract surgery has improved greatly due to significant advances in techniques and technology. Apple Hill Eye Center’s Dr. Steven Olkowski is one of York’s leading cataract surgeons. The surgery is a relatively quick and painless outpatient surgery, requiring just a few hours at an ambulatory/outpatient surgical center. Many people enjoy improved vision with minimal dependence upon corrective eyewear as a result of modern cataract surgery
Cataract surgery is a delicate operation performed using a high-powered microscope that allows the surgeon to view the parts of the eye clearly. Dr. Olkowski has advanced training in cataract surgery. The steps of the microsurgery are as follows.
- Tiny incision — The surgeon makes a tiny incision on the side of the cornea – the front part of the eye.
- Small opening — The surgeon makes a small opening in the front of the capsule that holds the natural lens.
- Ultrasound — The surgeon inserts a small ultrasound device (phacoemulsification tip) that is used to remove the cataract. By use of the ultrasound, the probe breaks up the cataract, allowing it to be gently vacuumed from the eye.
- Lens implant — Using soft material that can be folded, a foldable artificial lens implant can be inserted inside the eye through the original surgical incision.
- Lens unfolds — The lens unfolds to fill the capsule just like the natural lens of the eye had done prior to surgery.
What are the Benefits of Cataract Surgery?
Cataract surgery offers a dramatic restoration of clear vision. It is one of a few medical procedures that can literally turn back the hands of time and allow many patients to achieve vision comparable to the eyesight they enjoyed in their youth. Specific benefits include the following.
Improved color vision
Once the cataract is removed, colors will be much more vivid and vibrant.
Improved clarity of vision
Visual acuity is usually improved. Activities such as reading and watching television can be enjoyed thanks to sharper, clearer vision.
After surgery, many patients’ eyesight is improved to the point that they can regain their driver’s licenses.
Improved quality of life
When vision is improved, patients begin enjoying their work, hobbies, family and friends again.
Reduced dependence on corrective eyewear
The foldable artificial lens implant may be able to compensate for pre-existing focusing problems such as nearsightedness or farsightedness. Glasses may be needed for reading or driving. If glasses are required to be worn at all times, the lenses are usually much thinner and lighter.
What are the Risks of Cataract Surgery?
No surgery is without risks, but cataract surgery is highly successful due to technological and surgical advances. Few complications are associated with cataract surgery. These potential risks and complications are discussed with the patient prior to surgery.
Contact the team at Apple Hill Eye Center to discuss your individual situation and the best treatment for you.