Cataract surgery is performed to remove the natural, clouded lens in your eye causing blurry or misty vision and replace it with a clear artificial lens. This is normally a very straightforward procedure that lasts around 15 minutes and uses an ultrasound device to break up the cataract into small pieces. These are then gently suctioned out and a new, clear lens is then implanted in its place.
Why wouldn’t you be eligible for standard cataract surgery?
There are a number of reasons why you may not be eligible for basic cataract surgery, including:
Very dense cataracts
Previous injury or trauma to the eye
Genetic corneal disorders
Floppy iris syndrome
What is complex cataract surgery?
If you have any of the conditions listed above, our eye center in San Antonio is able to provide more advanced cataract surgeries to help you improve your vision and overall quality of life.
We have a number of alternative methods our eye surgeons can use to remove your cataracts. Together with the use of our advanced equipment, years of combined experience and training, we can form a customized solution that revolves around your unique surgical needs.
Using an individually tailored approach means our eye surgeons can discuss your complex cataract surgery requirements and then advise you on the best treatment options for the most successful outcomes. These may involve more extensive preoperative preparations and longer recovery times than a standard cataract removal procedure. Rest assured that our eye doctors always follow the most up to date complex cataract surgery guidelines for your safety and protection, to ensure the best possible result for you.
Complex procedures to remove cataracts may still use standard techniques, but additional advanced methods and equipment will need to be used to access and remove the cataract.
Although the surgery will last longer than the usual 15 minutes, it is still an outpatient procedure, depending on the level of complexity. Normally, you should expect to spend about 15 minutes in a recovery area for post-operative evaluation.
If you have cataracts but aren’t eligible for routine surgery, give us a call to book in your initial consultation. We’ll then be able to assess your individual case and go through your options to help you make the decision you feel most comfortable with.