Cataracts are very common as we age, and may prevent us from seeing clearly. Cataracts are a clouding of the natural lens of our eyes that causes declining visual clarity. Fortunately, the physicians and surgeons at Charlotte Ophthalmology can effectively cure the condition with cataract surgery. In cataract surgery, the cloudy natural lens is removed from the eye. A permanent intraocular lens implant replaces the natural lens to restore focusing power. Our surgeons will assess how the cataract is affecting your lifestyle in combination with the clinical examination to determine if cataract surgery is right for you.
We perform a stitch-free, pain-free surgery by using numbing eye drops for anesthesia. The procedure is performed using an ultrasound-driven instrument that “sonically” breaks up the cataract (phacoemulsification) as it is suctioned (aspirated) out of the eye. Our surgeons utilize a microscopic incision that allows for a quicker recovery and eliminates the need for stitches, as the very small incision seals on its own. After your surgery, you will use eye drops a few times a day as prescribed by your surgeon.