Cataract Surgery

Cataract Surgery

At birth, the natural lens of the eye is very clear. As time passes, this lens becomes cloudy and when it begins to interfere with vision, it is called a cataract. Cataracts are treated by a surgical operation that removes the cloudy lens and replaces it with a clear artificial lens implant (intraocular lens or IOL). Traditional (monofocal) IOLs that are placed in the eye at the time of cataract surgery are only designed for vision at a fixed distance. With these lenses, patients must use reading glasses or bifocals in order to see at close range. Multifocal IOLs can give a full range of vision from up close to far away without glasses. Thanks to the latest technology, Cataract Surgery gives patients several options from which to choose.


Porter Ophthalmology is one of the first practices in Raleigh to offer LenSx Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery. During this procedure, he employs a LenSx® femtosecond laser that utilizes a sharp beam of light to make delicate incisions during the patient’s cataract treatment. He relies on this proven computer-guidance system to direct the laser over the eye and provide the most precise and accurate results for each individual patient.

Toric Lens Implant / IOL

This is a great option for patients with astigmatism, as well as cataracts, because Toric lens implants correct both. Astigmatism is an uneven curvature of the eye usually corrected with glasses or contact lenses. And standard intraocular lens implants (IOLs) can correct for nearsightedness or farsightedness, but not astigmatism. A Toric IOL, however, has additional power in a specific direction to correct astigmatism. Patients who choose to have their astigmatism corrected can see more clearly without glasses after surgery.

Extended Range Lens Implant/IOL

Multifocal and Extended Depth of Focus (EDOF) lenses are designed to deliver clear vision at a range of distances, including far, intermediate, and near. These IOLs may not be an option for some individuals, and they do require a period of adjustment for the patient.

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