Vision by Pacific Cataract and Laser Institute

How Surgery Works

Treatment is so gentle, our patients feel little if any discomfort.

Cataract surgery is performed under a powerful microscope and involves two parts:

  • First, the eye’s cloudy lens is removed
  • Second, an artificial lens implant is inserted to replace the eye’s focusing power

After the tissue around the eye is fully numbed, the surgeon makes a very small opening at the edge of the eye. Then the surgeon skillfully guides an ultrasonic probe that vibrates 40-50 thousand times per second to gently break up the cloudy lens and suction it away.

To restore clear, bright vision, a new lens implant is placed where the clouded lens used to be. Treatment is so gentle, our patients feel little if any discomfort. And the opening into the eye is so small it heals without any stitches.