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Traditional cataract surgery

Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed eye surgeries in the world. With millions having undergone this procedure with life-changing results, it is no surprise that this procedure is growing in popularity, especially as life expectancies continue to rise. Here at OCLI, we are proud to utilize the best technology available when performing cataract surgery on Long Island.

Cataract surgery can seem intimidating to some, but rest assured that our eye surgeons are some of the best in the area, with years of experience and training. One of our doctors will work with you to decide when is the right time for cataract surgery. Generally, we recommend cataract surgery when cataracts start to affect daily life. This can mean anything from not being able to read a newspaper, to not being able to drive safely at night.

The Procedure

During traditional cataract surgery, a blade is used to create incisions in the cornea. Through these incisions, your surgeon is able to break up the cataract and remove it. Once the cataract is removed, an intraocular lens (IOL) is used to replace the natural lens. Recovery times vary from patient to patient, but typically last a few weeks. Most patients are able to resume regular activities within the first few days. Your doctor will discuss with you which activities you should refrain from during your recovery, and for how long.

Risks and complications

As with all surgery, cataract surgery comes with certain very rare risks and complications that include:

  • Infection
  • Swelling (cornea and retina)
  • Increased eye pressure (can cause glaucoma)
  • Retinal detachment

Cataract surgery may be the only way to correct cataracts, but years of refinement and advancements have made it one of the safest eye surgeries today. If you are considering cataract surgery, call OCLI at 1-866-SEE-OCLI or request a consultation.

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