Traditional Cataract Surgery in Birmingham, AL

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WHAT IS Traditional Cataract Surgery?

Seen as both extremely safe and extraordinarily beneficial, traditional cataract surgery, referred to as phacoemulsification, is one of the most frequently performed procedures around the globe. The extensively trained team of ocular surgeons at inVision Ophthalmology Birmingham is knowledgeable in both traditional and laser cataract surgery and always establishes which method is appropriate for patients by providing comprehensive exams and complete evaluations of their general health. The primary difference between traditional and laser cataract surgery is that the traditional surgery is conducted using manual surgical tools while the laser method is largely conducted via advanced laser technology. Schedule an exam at our office in Birmingham, AL for more details about traditional cataract surgery.

What Are the Benefits of Traditional Cataract Surgery?

Traditional cataract surgery can help fix cloudy, deteriorating vision with an easy operation. Benefits of the standard procedure performed by our Dr. Young Choi and his team at inVision Ophthalmology in Birmingham, AL include:

  • Better vision
  • A quick procedure, with each eye requiring 10 minutes of surgery or less
  • Customized treatment plans
  • Minimal downtime after the surgery
  • The procedure doesn’t require stitches
  • Very low risk of complications and minimal risk of infection
  • The likelihood of no longer needing glasses after the surgery


Our team performs traditional cataract surgery for Birmingham, AL locals as an outpatient treatment that usually takes under ten minutes for each eye. Just like in laser cataract surgery, the patient is conscious; however, his or her eyes are fully numb before starting the procedure to create complete comfort. Once the anesthetic has taken effect, we will secure a ring or suction device around each eye that hinders any eye shifting throughout the procedure. Next, we will use a scalpel to make an extremely small incision at the outside boundary of the corneal tissue. After the incision is made, we will utilize a different implement to penetrate the lens via the incision. The opening is small enough that it doesn't require sutures and will close up without intervention remarkably smoothly.

Traditional Cataract Surgery FAQ

Is traditional cataract surgery safe?

Yes, it is. Traditional cataract surgery is one of the most common and popular surgeries performed worldwide. Every year almost four million people around the world have a safe and effective traditional cataract surgery with only a very small risk of complications.

Does traditional cataract surgery hurt?

No, it doesn't. Before we begin, anesthetic drops will be put into your eyes to numb them. If anything is felt at all, some patients report a slight feeling of pressure.

How long does traditional cataract surgery take?

The entire procedure is quick, often only taking 30 minutes or less. Traditional cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure, meaning you'll be able to go home after you're done (but you shouldn't drive for at least 24 hours).

Will traditional cataract surgery give me 20/20 vision?

A majority of patients can achieve 20/20 vision after traditional cataract surgery, provided they have no other health issues.

How long is recovery after cataract surgery?

The typical recovery time is about 1 – 2 days before returning to routine activities like driving, working, reading, etc.

Say Goodbye to Cataracts

When you visit inVision Ophthalmology Birmingham in Birmingham, AL, our top priority is optimizing your vision and total eye health. If you have cataracts or believe you have the typical symptoms of cataracts, contact our office to schedule an eye exam with a member of our team and discuss all the methods for taking control of the condition, including this safe and effective life-changing surgery.

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