CATARACT SURGERY

Cataract Surgery

Cataract Operations by Dr. Lee in Raleigh, NC, Durham, NC, Chapel Hill, NC & Surrounding Areas

There are several different options for your cataract operation: 

Phacoemulsification
Dr. Lee makes a small incision (2.2-2.4 mm) on the side of the cornea and then inserts a tiny probe into the eye. The probe emits ultrasound waves that will break up the cloudy center of the lens so that it can be removed by suction. This avoids any tissue that may cause bleeding so you may continue taking blood-thinning medications such as aspirin.
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Femtosecond Laser
This is an exciting addition to phacoemulsification where all incisions, including astigmatism-correcting incisions, and opening, softening, and fragmenting of the lens are performed precisely with a laser under the real-time visualization of its procedures. Please review the video below for more information.
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Intraocular Lens Options
An intraocular lens (IOL) is an artificial, replacement lens, which gets implanted in the eye to replace the existing clouded lens during the cataract operation. Some IOLs are able to decrease the need for glasses, including reading glasses. Dr. Lee utilizes monofocal IOL, toric IOL, Acrysof Multifocal ReStor IOL, Crystalens and Trulign IOL as an option at the time of the cataract operation.  All cataract operation involve placing a lens implant of customized power to achieve the best vision possible.
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Our cataract surgeon's prefer the femtosecond and phacoemulsification technique because patients recover more quickly with fewer lifestyle changes. We will discuss your cataract operation options with you before choosing the best kind of cataract removal and lens replacement for your eye. Dr. Lee is a skilled and experienced cataract surgeon serving patients in and around Raleigh, Durham & Chapel Hill, NC.  Contact our office today for more details.


Ask Our Cataract Surgeon Dr. Lee About Your Operation in Durham, NC Today!

The cataract operation is performed under IV sedation, NOT general anesthesia. There are no injections near your eyes. Instead, numbing eye drops are placed inside your eye. The cataract operation takes about 20 minutes to perform while you are lying on your back. You will need to have a friend or family member accompany you on the day of the cataract operation to drive you home. You may also want to have someone stay with you for at least a day to help you follow your cataract surgeon’s instructions following your cataract surgery. These instructions include the use of one COMBINED EYE MEDICATION with antibiotics following surgery.

Your ophthalmologist will need to check your eyes the next day, about one week later, and a month later. During these appointments, we will give you a final prescription for glasses, if needed. We will check your progress and make sure you have the care that you need until your eye fully recovers. 

If you have cataracts in both eyes, we will discuss with you the best time to schedule your cataract operation on the second eye.

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