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Cataract surgery is a minimally invasive & highly successful procedure. In fact, cataract surgery is the most common surgical procedure that is performed in the world. Cataract surgery is performed by Dr. Wandzura in the operating room of the Victoria Hospital in Prince Albert. Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure with patients able to leave the hospital the same day within a few hours. Cataract surgery replaces the cloudy natural lens of the eye (the cataract) with a man-made artificial lens, known as an intraocular lens (IOL). Cataracts are known to affect as many as 80 % of patients over the age of 65. In most cases, cataracts are a normal expected aging change, like grey hair or wrinkles in the skin. The visual symptoms of cataracts include:
- Blurry or hazy vision not correctable by glasses
- Rings around lights (called halo)
- Sensitivity and poor vision in bright light (glare)
- A “filmy” feeling over the eye
- Difficulty with night driving
- Double or triple images of an object in each eye
- Poor night time vision
- Requiring more light to see
Dr. Wandzura only performs a minimally invasive, small-incision, no-stitch cataract surgery called phaco-emulsification surgery. During this procedure, a tiny incision is made in the eye making room for a small ultrasonic probe. This probe breaks up, or emulsifies, the cloudy lens into tiny pieces. The lens pieces are then suctioned out through the probe. The incision in the cornea will be able to heal on its own, so there are no stitches in the eye required at all. As well, there is no blood loss or hemorrhage with the small clear corneal incision.
After the cloudy lens has been removed, the artificial IOL is implanted in the eye. The IOL is inserted through the same small incision that was made to remove the original lens. This process significantly reduces recovery time while reducing the risk of bleeding, scarring, irritation and distortion.