There are three types of cataract surgery that all complete the same task of removing the cloudy lens in your eye and replacing it with an intraocular lens (IOL). The surgeries vary in tools used by Dr. Zimm. All surgeries will start the same at the Outpatient Surgical Center. You will typically be at the center for one to two hours. After you are brought into the surgical center, a slight sedation is given. Generally, Dr. Zimm uses the no-stitch cataract technique using only drops for topical anesthesia. You leave the surgery center wearing only dark glasses, no patches are needed. Most of the time, you require little or no pain medication.
The traditional form of cataract surgery involves Dr. Zimm cutting a small incision in the cornea using handheld blades in order to access the cloudy lens or cataract. Using a process known as phacoemulsification, Dr. Zimm will insert a small probe in your eye. There are ultrasound waves released to break up the cataract and a vacuum is used to suction the pieces out. After this is removed, Dr. Zimm will insert an IOL to replace the lens. The incision is so small, you will not need any stitches on your eye and the incision should heal naturally.
This is the most basic type of cataract surgery available. Dr. Zimm has performed this procedure thousands of times. Most patients who choose to have traditional cataract surgery in Naples, FL may need to use reading and/or distance glasses due to presbyopia, or the natural aging of the eye which causes vision to deteriorate slowly.
The basic plan of traditional cataract surgery is kept in place where there will be an incision in your eye, the cataract will be removed and a new IOL will be in place of the cloudy lens. However, the use of a laser to perform surgery makes the surgery more precise.
The difference in laser is that Dr. Zimm will use a femtosecond laser to break up the cataracts and then use specialized technology to create a surgical plan to correct your vision.
Your cataract procedure is performed at an out patient ambulatory surgical center. You will typically be at the center normally for 1 1/2 hours. After you are brought into the surgical center, a slight sedation is given. Generally, Dr. Zimm uses the no-stitch cataract technique using only drops for topical anesthesia. You leave the surgery center wearing only dark glasses, no patches are needed. Most of the time, you require little or no pain medication. The procedure itself involves a technique known as phacoemulsification, in which, sound waves are used to break up the cataract itself. An implant is inserted through the same incision.
Dr. Zimm performs cataract surgery at an outpatient ambulatory surgery center so no hospital is needed. In addition, Dr. Zimm is performing cataract surgery in both Naples and Fort Myers, giving you, the patient, more flexibility in scheduling your procedure.
You are seen the following day after cataract surgery. Visual recovery is usually rapid. However, occasionally swelling can occur which will limit your vision in the immediate postoperative period. Topical eyedrops are used for a few weeks after the surgery and, generally, patients are seen several times after surgery. Complication rates average less than 2% and Dr. Zimm and his staff, will be happy to discuss in detail, these issues in greater depth during your evaluation.
After cataract surgery, sometimes another procedure is needed to clear the haze from your new lens and that is called a YAG Laser Capsulotomy.
Dr. Zimm is one of the most experienced cataract surgeons in the area. He has removed over 10,000 cataracts in Southwest Florida.
All Saints Eye Center is able to perform cataract surgery in both Naples and Fort Myers!
To make an appointment with Dr. Zimm, or for more information about how you can benefit from cataract surgery, call 239.592.5511.