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Ultrasound phacoemulsification — cataract surgery

Ultrasound phacoemulsification with an intraocular lens (artificial lens) implantation is an effective, reliable, attenuated, and painless method of cataract extraction. Thanks to this sutureless method, it is possible to get rid of cataracts and regain good vision without any restrictions afterward.

Millions of people all over the world managed to get rid of cataracts by ultrasound phacoemulsification. Eximer Ophthalmology Clinic was the first in Ukraine to use ultrasound phacoemulsification 16 years ago.

Who is recommended for cataract ultrasound phacoemulsification?

Ultrasound cataract phacoemulsification is performed as soon as the lens opacity begins to interfere with vision, and there is no need to wait for the cataract to mature. Cataract surgery has no age restrictions. Even the youngest children with congenital cataracts undergo this surgery.

The procedure of ultrasonic phacoemulsification

The essence of cataract treatment using ultrasound phacoemulsification is the extraction of the opaque crystalline lens from the eye by ultrasound through a 1.8 mm micro-access and its replacement with a flexible intraocular lens. The lens is placed inside the eye in a retracted state, unfolded, and reliably fixed due to a special design, performing the function of the natural crystalline lens. The entire operation takes 10-15 minutes, and the patient goes home the same day.

Stages of ultrasound phacoemulsification

  • The eye surgeon creates a 1.8-mm micro-access in the cornea and performs all further manipulations during the surgery.
  • A special microsurgical equipment, a phacoemulsifier, is used to transform the opacified crystalline lens into an emulsion.
  • The emulsified lens is removed from the eye.
  • A folded, flexible intraocular lens is implanted into the capsule where the crystalline lens has been placed, unfolds inside the eye, and is securely fixed.
  • No sutures are required: the corneal micro-access is subsequently self-sealed.

Benefits of ultrasound cataract phacoemulsification at Eximer Ophthalmology Clinic

  • Getting rid of cataracts once and for all.
  • Maximum restoration of visual characteristics, based on the state of the visual system.
  • In Eximer Ophthalmology Clinic, cataract surgery is conducted on the same day, without hospitalization.
  • After the surgery, the patient remains independent and does not require any special care.
  • The patient sees well immediately after the surgery, and maximum visual acuity is restored within several days.
  • Minimal recovery period.
  • Sutureless technique does not restrict physical and visual activity in the future.
  • Local droplet anesthesia causes no excessive strain on the cardiovascular system and is well tolerated by patients of all ages.
  • The surgery does not require waiting for the cataract to “mature” as before and enduring the gradual deterioration of vision. Cataract extraction is now possible at the earliest stages.
  • Implantable crystalline lens from the world’s leading manufacturers makes it possible to correct age-related hyperopia, myopia, astigmatism if these were present before cataract onset.
  • Unique microsurgical equipment for cataract extraction is used: Stellaris and Millennium microsurgical systems.

The result of ultrasound phacoemulsification

Ultrasound phacoemulsification results in getting rid of cataracts once and for all, and maximum good (depending on the state of the visual system) vision with no serious limitations afterward.

After ultrasound phacoemulsification

As a rule, the vision returns right after the surgery. After ultrasound phacoemulsification, the patient stays in the clinic for up to two hours, then the attending physician examines the patient and sends him/her home. After the surgery, the doctor may prescribe eye drops and make a schedule of post-operative check-ups (these services are included in the cost of surgery at Eximer Ophthalmology Clinic, as well as all the medicines and consumables).

Facts about ultrasound phacoemulsification

  • The idea of ultrasound cataract extraction was the brainchild of the American Charles Kelman in the 1960s. The idea came from a dentist who used ultrasound to remove dental calculus. This concept determined the development of ophthalmosurgery for many decades to come, but many years passed between the development of the method and its realization, while the method was being improved. The cataract phacoemulsification technique was patented in 1971.
  • Cataract surgery is recognized by the World Health Organization as the only fully rehabilitative procedure among all surgeries, and not only among eye surgeries, as it allows full restoration of the functions lost due to the disorder.
  • The oldest Eximer’s patient who had a cataract extracted using ultrasound phacoemulsification was 104 years old and the youngest patient was three months old.
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