What Is Traditional Cataract Surgery?
Viewed as both incredibly safe and remarkably beneficial, traditional cataract surgery, known as phacoemulsification, is among the most common procedures performed around the globe. The extensively trained staff of ocular surgeons at The Eye Center of Southern Indiana is knowledgeable in both traditional and laser cataract surgery and is able to identify the optimal approach for your eye health. The most important difference between traditional and laser cataract surgery is that the traditional surgery is performed using manual surgical devices, whereas laser surgery is mostly done using advanced, refractory light technology. Plan a consultation with R. Daniel Grossman, M.D. and his team at our Bloomington, IN office to receive more information about traditional cataract surgery.
What Should I Expect?
At The Eye Center of Southern Indiana, we do a thorough examination of each patient’s cataracts and any existing health concerns to establish if traditional cataract surgery is the most suitable treatment choice. Once any risk conditions have been assessed, Dr. Grossman and his team conduct traditional cataract surgery as an outpatient procedure that generally takes fewer than 15 minutes per eye. Just like in laser cataract surgery, the individual being treated stays awake, but his or her eyes are completely numbed prior to beginning the procedure to ensure that they remain still and pain-free for the duration of the procedure. When the anesthetic has taken effect, the surgeon secures a special device on each eye that guards against any eye shifting during the procedure. Next, a scalpel is used to create a tiny incision at the edge of the cornea. After this is done, an instrument breaks up the clouded lens by emitting ultrasonic waves so it can be easily removed and exchanged with a new, synthetic intraocular lens through the same incision. The incision itself is extremely small so it doesn't require sutures and will mend by itself quickly. Many individuals who receive cataract surgery notice red eyes and/or minor bruising similar to a black eye for several days following the procedure. This is due to increased blood flow to the surgery site, which allows the eye to heal faster. Follow-up is typically scheduled for the following day, as well as for periodic checkups over the next several weeks to assess healing progress.
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"They are very thorough in caring for new patients. They are conscious of covid 19 protocols. The practice has both ophthalmologist as well as optometrists. In case you need eye surgery, the surgery center is on the lower level. As a new patient I appreciate what they have to offer for eye care."- M.H. / Yelp / Mar 25, 2021
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"Outstanding surgeon for my lasik! The eye center of southern Indiana is a top notch facility - I chose it over anything in the Indianapolis area because it's the best. "- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Jun 02, 2017
"I just had my LASIK eye surgery done with Dr. Mackey at the Eye Center yesterday. I recommend it highly, and wish I had done it sooner. The staff was as sweet as can be, and I felt so comfortable the entire time. I would really like to thank Dr.Mackey, Dr Gray and Melissa for taking such good care of me. There was virtually no wait times which cut down on my nerves substantially. The procedure itself was completely painless and was over before I knew it. I’m super pleased with my experience:)"- C.E. / Yelp / Dec 04, 2015
Say Goodbye to Cataracts
For patients of The Eye Center of Southern Indiana, our top priority is preserving your eyesight and overall ocular health. All of us are here to help you understand and obtain all the eye care you might require. If you have been diagnosed with cataracts or have noticed cloudiness in your vision, reach out to our Bloomington, IN office to plan an evaluation with R. Daniel Grossman, M.D., and learn about your options.