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What happens during the intraocular lens implant (IOL) procedure?

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Your surgeon will:

You can usually go home in less than an hour, but you'll need someone else to drive.

  • Numb your eye
  • Give you a drug to help you relax. You may see light during the procedure, but you should feel nothing or only a gentle pressure.
  • Make a tiny cut through your cornea to get to the lens
  • Break the lens up into pieces and remove it bit by bit
  • Put the implant in place
  • Let the cut heal by itself -- no stitches

From: What Is an Intraocular Lens Implant? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus: “Intraocular Lens Implant (IOL).”

National Eye Institute: “Facts About Astigmatism,” “Facts About Cataract,” Facts About Retinal Detachment.”

American Foundation for the Blind: “Eye Health: Anatomy of the Eye,” “How is Cataract Surgery Performed?”

Prevent Blindness: “Cataract,” “Cataract Surgery,” “Getting Ready for Surgery.”

American Academy of Ophthalmology: “Intraocular Implants (IOLs),” “IOL Implants: Lens,” “New Lens, Same Brain: The Importance of Neuroadaptation,” “What Is Cataract Surgery?”

University of California, Los Angeles, Stein Eye Institute: “Accommodating IOLs,” “Multifocal IOLs.”

University of California, Irvine, Gavin Herbert Eye Institute: “Cataract Surgery.”

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on January 11, 2018

SOURCES:

American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus: “Intraocular Lens Implant (IOL).”

National Eye Institute: “Facts About Astigmatism,” “Facts About Cataract,” Facts About Retinal Detachment.”

American Foundation for the Blind: “Eye Health: Anatomy of the Eye,” “How is Cataract Surgery Performed?”

Prevent Blindness: “Cataract,” “Cataract Surgery,” “Getting Ready for Surgery.”

American Academy of Ophthalmology: “Intraocular Implants (IOLs),” “IOL Implants: Lens,” “New Lens, Same Brain: The Importance of Neuroadaptation,” “What Is Cataract Surgery?”

University of California, Los Angeles, Stein Eye Institute: “Accommodating IOLs,” “Multifocal IOLs.”

University of California, Irvine, Gavin Herbert Eye Institute: “Cataract Surgery.”

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on January 11, 2018

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