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"No Injection" means the eye is anesthetized with anesthetic eye drops. Eye drop anesthesia allows patients to see well within minutes after surgery. Since there are no needle injections around the eye, the risk of a needle damaging the optic nerve, or eye itself, is eliminated. In addition, eye drop anesthesia is beneficial for patients who are taking blood thinners for the prevention of strokes and blood clots. Our patients can continue with their blood thinners, even when having surgery.
"No Stitch" means a self-sealing, microsurgical incision is used. Dr. Filutowski uses a process called "phacoemulsification" to remove the cataract. A small probe enters the eye through a tiny incision, emulsifies or fragments the cataract, and gently vacuums it out. Most of the time, this tiny self-sealing incision requires no uncomfortable stitches. Another benefit: virtually no post-operative restrictions!
"No Patch" means literally just that. Using these advanced techniques, no uncomfortable patches that obstruct vision are necessary. Vision usually returns within minutes after surgery. This is especially important to patients who do not have good vision in their other eye. Many of our patients have gone shopping, bowling or even golfing within hours after their cataract surgery.
"No Glasses" means more freedom. Through a careful process of pre-operative measurements using the latest technology and through careful selection of each lens implant for each eye, Dr. Filutowski reduces the need for glasses after the surgery. This "Customizing" of the outcome for each eye can allow the patient to see well at distance and at near without the need for glasses. Further refining of the outcome may be achieved with High Definition Lasik. Our happiest patients are those that experience not only improvement of impaired vision but also the restoration of the long lost freedom: the freedom to see without glasses. Glasses may still be necessary for some patients who participate in activities that require the finest vision for distance or near.
For more detailed information about cataracts, please visit the National Eye Institute.