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Cataract Surgery At Koch Eye Associates

“We specialize in minimally invasive outpatient procedures.”

If you need cataract surgery you are not alone. Cataract surgery is one of the most common and most successful operations performed in the world. Roughly three million cataract operations were performed in the United States in 2008, and it is estimated that there will be ten million operations performed each year by 2020 because of the aging Baby Boomer population.

Cataract surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure. After the operation you can rest in the comfort of your home.

Here’s what you can expect on the day of surgery.

  1. No-Needle anesthesia of the eye
    To make your operation as comfortable as possible, we use several medications to numb the eye. We begin with two different anesthetic eyedrops, one of which was developed by a team of scientists that included Dr. Koch. Once you are in the operating room we bathe the eye with another anesthetic to make you very comfortable.
     
  2. No-Stitch self-sealing incisions.
    Our surgeons all use a method of making an incision that takes advantage of the natural curvature of the eye in a way that lets the incision seal by itself. Sutures are hardly ever needed.
     
  3. Minimally-Invasive Small-incision cataract removal
    All our surgeons use this technique, called phacoemulsification in which the cataract is removed through an incision roughly 1/8 inch in size. Dr. Koch began performing this modern technique in 1979 has written six textbooks on how to perform it safely. He has also taught the operation to more than 1,000 surgeons from more than 25 countries.
     
  4. The Intraocular Lens
    Once the cataract is removed, it is replaced with a tiny synthetic lens. There are many different lenses that we use, depending on what we want to accomplish with the operation. Sometimes we use a simple clear lens to restore clarity to your vision. Toric Lens Implants also correct astigmatism. Other lenses, called Accommodating Lens Implants or Multifocal Lens Implants also correct presbyopia.
     
  5. No Patch, immediate use of vision
    We do not routinely use an eye patch after surgery, so you can begin using your new vision right away. It will be cloudy at first, but as the hours and days pass you will notice your vision getting better and stronger.
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The Greater New Bedford Surgical and Laser Center was opened in 1986 with the express purpose of rendering high quality, state of the art eye surgery to patients of all ages, especially those with cataracts, glaucoma, or cornea disease. The Center is designed specifically with the needs of the patient in mind. The entire process from initial examination to final outcome is conducted in a pleasant comfortable environment.

After a patient decides to have surgery, he or she is assigned his or her own Surgical Counselor who is available to answer questions and provide assistance. These individuals are specially trained to assist the patient throughout the entire surgical experience, including follow up care for as long as necessary. Patients are encouraged to contact their counselor for any questions, no matter how simple or complex.