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One of the most common surgical procedures is cataract surgery, which removes the cloudy lens and replaces it with a new clear lens. This is known as phacoemulsification. This keyhole microsurgery involves a tiny incision being made in the eye. An ultrasound probe is then inserted and the cloudy lens is broken up into fragments and removed from the eye. A new, clear lens is then inserted replacing the cloudy lens.
Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery and refractive lens exchange
The precision of the cataract and lens exchange procedures can be improved if a laser is used to fragment the lens. This is called Femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgery or Femtophaco. Mr. Subramaniam is trained to perform this type of surgery.
When the natural lens is removed to reduce spectacle dependence – so a clear lens is removed as opposed to a cloudy lens – and a new lens is inserted, it is known as refractive lens exchange.
Choice of Intraocular Lens
With either procedure there are now an extensive range of lenses available to suit a variety of patient needs. These include monofocal lenses and premium lenses.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Success rates for refractive surgery are excellent but as with all medical procedures there are risks. We’ll discuss with you all the potential risks when you come for your consultation. That’s when you’ll get a chance to ask questions and become familiar with the treatment so that you can make a fully informed decision before booking the procedure.