Traditional Cataract Surgery in Cape Coral, FL

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WHAT is Traditional Cataract Surgery?

Regarded as both safe and highly effective, traditional cataract surgery is one of the most frequently conducted treatments across the globe. Our exceptionally trained team at the Cataract & Refractive Institute of Florida is skilled in both traditional and laser cataract surgery. We can establish which surgery is the most effective for patients by providing comprehensive exams and in-depth evaluations of their general health. The most important difference between the two surgeries is that traditional cataract surgery is performed with manual surgical techniques, but the laser method is mainly conducted by utilizing advanced laser technology. Arrange an appointment with skilled ophthalmologist Dr. James Croley at his office in Cape Coral, FL to find out more about traditional cataract surgery. Our staff would be happy to discuss your choices for cataract surgery.

What are the benefits of traditional cataract surgery?

There are many benefits of traditional cataract surgery, including:

  • You may be a better candidate for traditional cataract surgery over a laser option
  • Safe and effective treatment of cataracts
  • Customized surgical approach
  • No need for extensive anesthesia, only numbing eye drops
  • Quick treatments, taking about only 15 minutes for each eye

am i a Candidate for traditional cataract surgery?

Most individuals diagnosed with cataracts are eligible for traditional cataract surgery. Cataract surgery is an elective procedure, according to the degree of vision loss and other considerations. At Cataract & Refractive Institute of Florida, we conduct an in-depth examination of each patient’s condition and review any past medical concerns to determine if traditional cataract surgery is the best option for you.

how does Cataract Removal Surgery work?

Traditional cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure that typically takes about 15 minutes per eye. Patients will be treated while they are awake, but their eyes will be numbed prior to starting the procedure to offer the highest level of comfort. The majority of patients are genuinely surprised at how brief and comfortable the procedure is. Dr. Croley will use a handheld surgical tool to make an extremely small incision at the rim of the corneal tissue. Once the incision is made, he will utilize a different tool (an ultrasound device) to access the lens via the incision. This process disintegrates the clouded lens using ultrasonic waves so it can be gently taken out and exchanged with a new intraocular lens (IOL). The incision is also small enough that it doesn't need a single stitch as it will heal properly on its own.

will i need a Follow-Up after cataract surgery?

When the surgery is complete, detailed aftercare instructions will be provided and should be followed accordingly to aid in optimal healing. These instructions usually include prescription eye drop regimens, tips on sleeping without bumping or touching the eyes, and proper hygiene protocols to follow. It is typical for cataract surgery patients to deal with some blurry vision for an hour or two following the procedure, but this is merely an acclimation period as the eyes and brain get used to the new lens. It is also common to have red bloodshot eyes for about a week or so following the surgery.

All of our cataract surgery patients are required to return to the Cataract & Refractive Institute of Florida the day after their surgery for their first follow-up appointment. Additional follow-up visits will also be scheduled accordingly to monitor a patient's healing progress.

Traditional Cataract Surgery FAQ

Is traditional cataract surgery safe?

Though this procedure is very complex, it has also proven to be just as safe as it is effective. Dr. Croley's numerous years of experience have given him the wisdom and precision to make even the smallest incisions on the side of the cornea in order to remove cataracts.

What is the difference between traditional and laser cataract surgery?

As both procedures are incredibly safe and boast very high success rates, the primary difference between them is simply how they are performed. While traditional cataract surgery utilizes a vibrating needle and small blade, laser cataract surgery uses ultrasound and laser technology instead.

Are patients put to sleep during traditional cataract surgery?

Generally, we do not put patients to sleep during the procedure. Instead, you will simply receive oral medication to keep you comfortable throughout the surgery. This not only avoids the risks associated with general anesthesia but makes it possible for Dr. Broley to communicate with you during the procedure.

get treatment for your cataracts

If you suspect symptoms of a cataract, don't hesitate to call the Cataract & Refractive Institute of Florida to schedule a private consultation with board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. James Croley. He can perform a series of tests to confirm your diagnosis and discuss all of your treatment options. Our overall goal is to help improve your vision through the safest means possible. Contact any of our Florida locations in Cape Coral, Lehigh Acres, or Bonita Springs. 

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