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Phacoemulsification System

Ultrasonic phacoemulsification for the removal of cataracts has become the "gold standard" for cataract surgery . In phacoemulsification surgery, a small ultrasonic probe is inserted into a very small incision on the edge of the eye. This probe gently breaks the cloudy lens into tiny pieces and suctions the cataract out of the eye. Then, an intra-ocular lens (IOL) is inserted through the micro-incision and locked into permanent position. The small incision is self-sealing and usually requires no stitches. This type of incision heals quickly and provides a much more comfortable recuperation.

Patients in your parents' or grandparent's day had their cataracts removed in one piece with an incision that was a 180 degree arch over half the eye. Cataract surgery was delayed because it was risky and required months of recuperation. Today, with ultrasonic phacoemulsification, our patients have cataract surgery in the morning and can resume most of their normal activities the very next day.

Why we've invested in the Phacoemulsification System:

  • Breakthrough programming capabilities give the surgeon total control during the procedure.
  • This system requires a much smaller incision than previous cataract surgery technology, resulting in less trauma to the eye and even faster recovery times.
  • Advancements in microprocessor control make the procedure safer and more predictable.
  • This system uses small bursts of phacoemulsification to remove the cataract. Because of this, total amount of phaco time is very short, usually less than 15 seconds.
  • The modern phaco tips for this system are designed specifically for small-incision procedures, which reduce trauma while maintaining a stable intra-ocular environment.




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