Stages of Intraocular Lens (IOL) Surgery
Preoperative Evaluation: Prior to the surgery, a comprehensive evaluation of your eyes will be conducted to determine your suitability for intraocular lens surgery. This includes a thorough eye examination, measurement of your eye’s dimensions, and discussions about your visual goals and expectations.
Anesthesia: Intraocular lens surgery is typically performed under local anesthesia. This involves the administration of numbing eye drops or an injection to ensure a painless procedure.
Incision: A small incision is made on the cornea, the clear front surface of the eye. This incision provides access to the natural lens of the eye.
Lens Removal: The natural lens of the eye, which may be clouded by a cataract or have a refractive error, is carefully removed using techniques such as phacoemulsification. The lens is broken into small pieces and suctioned out of the eye.
IOL Implantation: An intraocular lens is inserted into the empty lens capsule or another location within the eye. The IOL is designed to replace the natural lens and provide improved vision.
Incision Closure: The incision on the cornea is typically self-sealing and does not require stitches. It naturally heals over time.
Postoperative Care: Following the surgery, your eyes will be monitored, and you will receive instructions on postoperative care, including the use of eye drops and any necessary follow-up appointments.
These information reflect the general process. However, the process can be different for each patient, and the stages can vary depending on the doctor’s evaluation and the patient’s needs.