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Standard vs. Refractive Cataract Surgery: Which Is Right for You? February 20, 2018

Standard vs. Refractive Cataract Surgery: Which Is Right for You?, ,

Once a danger to vision, cataracts are now easily and successfully treated. Those who notice cloudiness in their vision often seek and receive treatment, either as standard or refractive cataract surgery. While both will remove the obstruction to your vision, many find further vision improvement in refractive surgery while others prefer the quicker recovery time of the standard option. Below are brief overviews of each procedure to help you decide which one may be right for you.

Standard Cataract Procedures

Traditional cataract surgery involves a surgeon making a small incision on the side of the cornea to remove the clouded lens. Then, using a process called “phacoemulsification,” the surgeon will insert a small probe to release ultrasound waves and break up the lens so that it can be removed. This process does not take long, and because the incision is so tiny and no sutures are involved, the eye heals quickly on its own.  

Refractive Cataract Surgery

refractive cataract surgeryIn this newer variation of cataract relief, you can eliminate the need for contacts or glasses while correcting cloudiness. In this procedure, your surgeon will make an elongated incision along the side of the cornea before removing the affected part of the lens in one piece. Once the cloudy part has been removed, they use suction to clear out the rest of the lens. This is quickly replaced by an artificial model, called an IOL (intraocular lens). Eventually, the IOL will become a part of your eye, so you can enjoy improved vision without feeling or seeing the artificial piece. Some previous eye conditions or diseases may prevent a successful IOL procedure, so consult your doctor before making a decision.


If you have cataracts you want to remove, contact Mountain View Eye Center in Fairbanks, AK. Using the latest in technological advances, these highly trained optometry specialists offer everything from simple eye tests to refractive cataract surgery. Working towards finding long-term solutions for each patient, you can trust that your present and future health are in good hands. For more, contact them online or call today at (907) 328-2920.