Minimally Invasive, No-Stitch Cataract Surgery

If you are experiencing blurred/ hazy vision, spots in front of the eye(s), sensitivity to glare, and/or a feeling of “film” over the eye(s), there is a good chance you are experiencing symptoms of a cataract. A cataract is a cloudy area in the lens in the front of the eye, which is normally clear and usually there is no pain associated with the condition.

Risk factors for developing cataracts include being over 55 years old, eye injury, or disease, a family history of cataracts, smoking, or use of certain medications.

For people significantly affected by cataracts, lens replacement surgery may be recommended. During cataract surgery, the most common surgical procedure in the country, the lens is removed and replaced with an artificial one called an intraocular lens or IOL.

How does the Phacoemulsification ("Phaco") Surgery Work?

Capitol Eye Physicians & Surgeons in Maryland, perform a minimally invasive, no-stitch cataract surgery called phacoemulsification ("phaco") surgery. First, the eye is numbed with anesthetic eye drops. Then a tiny incision is made in the eye to make room for a small ultrasonic probe. This probe breaks up, or emulsifies, the cloudy lens into tiny pieces.

After the cloudy lens has been removed, a new artificial lens is implanted in the eye. With the recent advance of foldable IOLs (intraocular lenses), artificial lenses can be implanted through the same small incision from the phaco procedure. The doctors at Capital Eye have been pioneers in the development of techniques and equipment that have resulted in the increased safety and comfort of the procedure.

If you are looking for an ophthalmology doctor and live in Maryland near the Washington DC, College Park, Bethesda, Alelphi, Riverdale Park, Alexandria, Arlington, DC, and McLean areas contact Dr. William Gonzalez or Dr. Mark Gonzalez of Capitol Eye Physicians and Surgeons. Outside areas contact Ophthalmology doctors in your area.

For over 25 years, Dr. William Gonzalez and Dr. Mark Gonzalez of Capitol Eye Physicians and Surgeons have provided routine eye care while specializing in refractive surgery (RK, PRK, and LASIK), cataract treatment and surgery, retinal diseases, glaucoma, and laser surgery.