Phacoemulsification – cataract extraction surgery
Ultrasound cataract phacoemulsification with intraocular lens implantation is the most effective, safest and painless method to eliminate cataract once and for all and restore normal vision.
Cataract extraction is recognized by World Health Organization as the only surgery that ensures complete rehabilitation. It is cataract phacoemulsification that helps fully recover visual functions affected by cataract.
Cataract extraction at Excimer clinic in Saint Petersburg
Excimer clinic in Saint Petersburg uses phacoemulsification with intraocular lens implantation (ultrasound and femtosecond laser-assisted) technique to treat cataract. State-of-the-art equipment in operation rooms, top ophthalmic surgery expertise and advanced IOL models – this helps use extract cataracts as quickly as in 10 to 15 minutes and achieve maximum results without restrictions on eyestrain and exercise.
Lens exchange for cataract
The surgery involves exchange of a clouded lens for an intraocular implant to remove the obstacle to transmission of light to the retina.
For this purpose, a 1,8 mm microscopic incision is made in the cornea, through which an ultrasound probe is inserted to emulsify the clouded lens and remove it from the eye. A flexible intraocular lens is then introduced using an injector to the lens capsule through the same incision. The IOL is folded, when introduced, then it unfolds inside the eye and is secured in the capsule. The micro incision seals itself later, so the procedure requires no sutures.
Advantages of cataract treatment at Excimer
- A one-day procedure with no need for hospitalization;
- takes 10 to 15 minutes;
- absolutely painless thanks to eye drop anesthesia.
The patient’s vision is restored generally right after in the operation room. After the surgery, the patient is examined by his or her attending physician who compiles a supervision schedule, following which the patient may go home.
Ultrasound cataract phacoemulsification is a technique that has been perfected for many years. Its advantages for the patients are quickness, comfort, safety and cataract elimination as end result. However, this perceived elegance and simplicity is the fruit of many technical developments, skill of an ophthalmic surgeon and detailed process arrangement.
History of cataract treatment ▼
It is Harold Ridley, a British ophthalmic surgeon, that medicine has largely to thank for the invention of intraocular lenses (lens implants) that are used in the treatment of cataract and refractive surgery. During World War II, Ridley saw Royal Air Force casualties with eye injuries and observed that when splinters of plastic from aircraft cockpit canopies became lodged in their eyes, this did not trigger inflammatory rejection as did glass splinters. This helped develop the material for lens implants that later became widely used in ophthalmology.
In November 1949, Ridley implanted the first lens which was the exact copy of human crystalline lens and was made of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA). Despite the fact that Ridley’s lenses were far from perfect, his idea revolutionized ophthalmology. In 1999 Harold Ridley, who was then 94 years old, was honored with a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth.
Results of cataract extraction at Excimer clinic
- Elimination of cataract once and for all.
- Maximum possible vision recovery in accordance with the state of the patient’s visual apparatus.
- Quick recovery: vision is completely restored in several days.
- Sutureless technique for no restriction on exercise and eyestrain.
- Intraocular lenses by the leading international manufacturers to address age-related farsightedness, myopia, astigmatism, if they existed before the onset of cataract.
For best possible vision right after surgery, Excimer offers the most advanced ultrasonic phacoemulsification technique, i.e. femtosecond-laser assisted cataract extraction. This is a technique of choice of those patients who have greater demands to the quality of their vision.
Elimination of cataract is possible! Please call to learn more about cataract treatment at Excimer.
Cost of cataract treatment
The price of cataract treatment at Excimer clinic in Saint Petersburg varies depending on a number of factors such as the phase of the condition (initial phase or complicated), concurrent eye conditions that can be eliminated by lens exchange, optional femto laser-assistance during phacoemulsification.
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