Everything You Need To Know about Cataract Surgery

Portrait of a Senior hiker standing next to the mountain creek Cataract surgery is one of the most frequently performed eye procedures today. It is a minor procedure that corrects the clouding that develops on the eye’s natural lens as a part of the aging process. Once this clouding occurs, there is no way to stop it. Vision will continue to degrade until the cataracts are removed. That said, cataract removal surgery is elective. Patients are often told to schedule surgery when their cataracts have become intrusive on their quality of life. Because a person can choose when to have cataract surgery, they may procrastinate in doing so. Often, they do this because they aren’t sure what to expect during and after their procedure. When we don’t know what to expect, it’s natural to be nervous. Here, we clear the air so you can clear your vision. 

Before Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery takes a little bit of preparation and planning. Before the procedure is scheduled, the ophthalmologist measures the eye to determine which intraocular lens will best suit the patient’s needs. No two eyes are alike, so this is an important step. The cataract removal procedure removes the natural lens of the eye and replaces it with an artificial lens. This lens must have the right focusing power to achieve clear vision. 

Cataract Surgery

Cataract removal is done on an outpatient basis. The procedure is performed in the office, and patients can go home right away. To make the patient comfortable, the ophthalmologist applies numbing eye drops that significantly diminish sensation. There is no pain associated with the procedure, only a mild sensation of pressure. An additional medication may be given to help the patient relax. 

On the numb eye, the ophthalmologist makes small incisions near the edge of the cornea to access the natural lens. Using special instruments, the doctor breaks the lens into tiny pieces and removes it. The new, artificial lens is then inserted into the same “pocket” of tissue that held the lens. In most cases, no stitches are needed. The eye self-repairs in a matter of days. 

Cataract Surgery Recovery

After cataract surgery, patients use special eye drops to help the eye heal optimally. They may wear a patch over the eye to prevent accidental bumping or debris getting onto the ocular surface. The surgeon may advise avoiding certain activities, like strenuous exercise and driving, until the eye has healed. While it can take a week or two to acclimate to the new lens, patients can see more clearly the day of surgery. 

Cataract surgery need not be a frightening experience. Call our Amarillo office at (806) 351-1177 to learn more about this beneficial procedure. 

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Amarillo Cataract & Eye Surgery Center

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Amarillo, TX 79106

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This is the latest IOL for Dr. Murrell's cataract practice. The LAL is the first IOL that can be adjusted after the surgery. Dr. Murrell can customize your IOL so that you can have the vision that you desire.

The LAL is a premium IOL which will not be covered under your medical insurance hence will have to pay for this IOL.


What's coming to Dr. Murrell's practice in the next few months.
Embrace with Accutite and Facetite and Morpheus Prime and Morpheus8

Accutite and Facetite: - These are FDA approved cosmetic devices that can melt fat and mildly tighten skin. It requires only a small opening in the skin. The Accutite is for small areas such as the upper and lower eyelids. The Facetite is for the larger areas of the face such as the jowls, neck, and nasolabial folds.

Morpheus Prime and Morpheus 8 - These are FDA approved cosmetic devices that are applied to the skin to tighten the skin and collagen underneath the skin. The Morpheus Prime is for smaller areas smaller areas such as the upper and lower eyelids. the Morpheus8 is for the larger areas of the face. Both Morpheus Prime and Morpheus 8 takes 3 treatments spaced 4 weeks apart from each other.

The Accutite and Morpheus Prime can both be performed to the eyelids to maximize the cosmetic effect. Likewise, the Facetite and Morpheus8 can both be performed to maximize the cosmetic effect.

The Embrace is the device that rungs the Accutite, Facetite, Morpheus8, and Morpheus Prime. These treatments are not covered by insurance. The patient will have to pay for the procedure.

What's New in Dr. Murrell Practice in 2023

Light adjustable IOl (LAL) for Cataract Patients

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