Phacoemulsification (‘Laser cataract surgery’)

Phacoemulsification Cataract Surgeries at St. Thomas Eye Hospital in Ghana

Phacoemulsification (often called Laser Cataract Surgery) is the standard of care for managing cataracts in most developed and many developing countries.

It involves automated emulsification of the lens nucleus and vacuum extraction and leaning of all lens matter form the eye with introduction of foldable artificial lens into the eye in order to restore vision. It is usually bloodless and requires a very small entrance incision of just about 2.7mm and the entire procedure takes just about 15-20minutes. This contrasts with the traditional cataract surgery that requires very large incision through bloody tissues like the conjunctiva and sclera with a considerably much longer healing time.

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