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About Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is not only one of the most frequently performed surgical procedures performed in the United States, but it is also one of the safest and most successful surgical procedures that you can have. Modern cataract surgery today is safe, effective, predictable and quite common. In the United States alone, more than 2.5 million people have Cataract Surgery each year. Under the medical direction of Connecticut Cataract Surgeon Leslie Doctor, M.D., the cataract surgeons at Doctor & Associates use a small incision, “no stitch no needle no patch” technique that is performed on an outpatient basis. Almost all of our cataract surgery procedures are performed at the Wilton Surgery Center-which is comfortable, convenient and close to home. The entire process usually requires only two hours of your time from beginning to end. The actual surgical procedure is painless and takes less than 15 minutes. The nurses and staff are present to help us with your actual surgery as well as to assist you and make your experience pleasant.

The Cataract Surgery Procedure & Experience

When you arrive at the Wilton Surgery Center, the staff will check you in and review any paperwork that might require clarification or additional information. You will be escorted to a private changing area and asked to cover your street clothes with a gown and your shoes with “booties”. Once you are ready you will be escorted to a comfortable waiting area. 

Your cataract surgery procedure will begin with a staff member placing some drops in your eye to dilate your pupil. Your eye will then be treated with an anesthetic so that you will feel little if anything during your surgery and minimal if any discomfort. For most cataract surgery patients this involves having a few sets of eye drops placed in your eyes. Typically, it is not necessary for Doctor & Associates cataract surgeons to use any injections or needles to anesthetize your eye. In order to help you relax, a small dose of anti-anxiety and/or sedative medication will be given as directed by your eye surgeon.

At the beginning of the surgery, your surgeon will place a very small incision at the outermost edge of your cornea.

This incision will be just large enough to allow microscopic instruments, about the size of a pen tip to pass through it. First, a small opening will be made in the membrane or “capsule” that covers the crystalline lens

Next, a delicate sophisticated microscopic instrument will be inserted that allows the removal of your cataract using ultrasound.

This cataract removal technique is called “phacoemulsification” and is the preferred technique of cataract surgery for most patients.

Next, your cataract surgeon will gently pass the microscopic instrument through the tiny incision. Sound waves or “ultrasound” produced at the tip of the instrument will be used to gently break the cataract into pieces small enough to be washed away, drawn through the instrument and removed from your eye. 

After the cataract has been removed, your surgeon will insert a new, crystal clear permanent intraocular lens implant (IOL) into your eye.

The replacement lens will actually be inserted and placed in the correct position through the same tiny incision at the outer edge of the cornea through which the cataract was removed. Depending on your prescription and your desire to reduce or eliminate your dependence on eyeglasses after your cataract surgery, your surgeon and their staff will help select the best type of intraocular lens implant for your lifestyle and personal vision correction needs.

Upon completion of your cataract and lens implant surgery, one of the Wilton Surgery Center staff members will take you to a comfortable place where you will be able to rest and relax prior to going home. After resting for a short while, a surgery staff member will discharge you and have a family member or friend drive you home.

Your Doctor & Associates cataract surgeon will arrange for you to be seen at their offices within 24 to 48 hours of your cataract and lens implant surgery so we can examine your eye and confirm that you are healing and seeing as planned. They will also prescribe some eye drops for you. Although each patient will heal a little bit differently, the majority of our patients having cataract surgery are able to see well enough to return to their routine daily activities within a day or so after their cataract surgery.

An Important Note About Cataract Surgery

A significant number of men in their 50’s and 60’s and beyond experience an enlarged prostate as part of the aging process. Today, many of men are taking the prescription medication Flomax® or other similar medications such as Alna®, Josir®, Pradif®, Secotex®, Urolosin®, Mecir® that are members of the class of drugs called “alpha-antagonists”.


In August 2006, a joint advisory letter was issued by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and the American Urological Association that identified that drugs such as Flomax®, commonly used to treat an enlarged prostate, and other alpha-blockers can cause abnormal movement of muscles controlling the opening and closing of the iris. During cataract surgery, the pupil must stay enlarged or dilated to allow your cataract surgeon to easily view the crystalline lens. Flomax® and certain other alpha-blockers including Hytrin®, Cardura® and Uroxatral® can interfere with pupil dilation, creating a condition known as Intraoperative Floppy Iris Syndrome (IFIS).

If you are taking one of these medications and notify your eye surgeon or the staff, they will be able to take extra care to make sure the pupil stays dilated to prevent unexpected complications during your cataract surgery. 

Doctor & Associates cataract surgeons provide advanced cataract surgery and lens implants for patients from Fairfield County and throughout Connecticut and is conveniently located for patients from Danbury, Stamford, Greenwich, Westport, Weston, Wilton, New Canaan, Norwalk, Fairfield, Bridgeport, Cannondale, Aspetuck, Redding, Trumbull, Shelton, Monroe, Darien, Glenbrook and Ridgefield Connecticut.

Patients wishing to schedule a cataract evaluation or surgery or learn more about cataracts and cataract surgery in Connecticut are invited to schedule an appointment for by phoning 203.227.4113.

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