You do not have to be afraid of your cataract surgery. Thanks to the modern technology and to our high-quality and experienced surgeons, cataract surgery is painless and takes only several minutes and most of our patients would compare it to a short after-lunch nap.
When you come to the clinic and sign up at the reception, there are several painless device measurings ahead of you (eg. we will measure your intraocular pressure, total optical weight of the artificial lens, etc.), all of which will provide the surgeon with important information about your eyes. An experienced ophthalmologist will examine you and will be ready to answer all your questions.
The next step is anaesthetizing your eyes with eye drops and the nurses will accompany you into the operation room. You will be given a gown which you will be asked to put on. In the operation room you will lie on the bed, the nurse will disinfect the skin around your eye which is going to be operated on, and then they will cover your face with a cover. We do care and make sure you can freely and comfortably breathe under the cover. You will be able to feel touches in the course of the surgery, sometimes it might seem a bit pushing, but you will not feel any pain. Strong light will be shining right into your eye and you may feel that there is liquid going down your face and hair – the liquid is used for clearing your operated eye. The surgeon will firstly remove the old natural lens and then he/she implants a new artificial one.
You can speak with your surgeon in the course of the whole surgery. The doctor will be telling you where to look and will be describing the individual stages of the operation. If there is any pain, inform your surgeon.
You can have a look at these pictures to see the progress of the operation:
After the eye has been locally anaesthetized, an incision of ca 2,4 mm is created on the sides of the cornea so that it would be easy for the tweezers to clean the clouded lens.
The clouded lens must be removed because it lost its transparency. Here you can see the initial phase of dividing the lens into tiny fragments and their suction with a probe of the ultrasound device.
The final phase of removing the remainings of the clouded lens and final clearing of the posterior part of the lens capsule.
The capsule must be free of all tiny parts of the lens before the new artificial lens is implanted.
The picture shows implantation of a new soft plastic (acrylic) intraocular lens by means of an injector into the freed space in the capsule. Thanks to its shape memory, the lens will occupy the original shape within a few seconds.
The correct insertion of the implanted lens into the capsule and removal of a remedial viscoelastic material is depicted in this last picture. The surgery is almost done. Several slight stabs will enclose the microincisions and the surgery is completed.