Cataract Surgery

Southern Eye Institute

Board-Certified Ophthalmologists & Board Certified Optometrist located in Houma, LA & Thibodaux, LA

If cataracts affect your quality of life, there’s a solution. Every year, 2 million people in the United States have cataract surgery. This simple procedure removes the cataract and improves eyesight. Southern Eye Institute offers cataract surgery performed by board-certified ophthalmologists at offices in Houma and Thibodaux, Louisiana. Why wait? Call the practice today or request an appointment online and look forward to better eye health.

Cataract Surgery Q & A

What is cataract surgery?

A cataract is a cloudy growth that forms over the eye lens, affecting your vision. While painless, it inhibits you from taking part in simple activities like driving, reading, walking, or cycling. If untreated, a cataract can cause blindness.

Cataract surgery is a safe procedure that involves removing the cataract and implanting a new eye lens. Many report clear vision within a few hours of surgery, but it can take up to two weeks to see improvements. 

The earlier a cataract is removed, the more successful the procedure.

What are the benefits of cataract surgery?

Cataract surgery is a simple, pain-free procedure that many call life-transforming. The benefits of having cataracts removed include:

  • Improves vision
  • Restores quality of life
  • Reduces the risk of accidents
  • Protects eye health
  • Improves aesthetic appearance

Southern Eye Institute takes the utmost care of you before, during, and after your cataract surgery.

What happens during cataract surgery?

Southern Eye Institute offers no-stitch cataract surgery, the most advanced cataract treatment available. This state-of-the-art procedure takes less than 10 minutes and is virtually painless, requiring only anesthetic eye drops to numb the eye during surgery.

Your provider gives you a mild dose of tranquilizer before starting — half the amount you would need in traditional cataract surgery. The tranquilizer helps you feel at ease because you remain awake throughout the procedure. 

They then make a tiny incision in the cornea and remove the cataract using ultrasound and suction. The incision is so small it heals itself without any stitches.

Once your provider fully removes the cataract, they insert a new intraocular lens behind the iris at the back of the eye and repressurize the eye to seal the wound. If you have no complications, you can go home the same day.

What is the recovery process for cataract surgery?

Southern Eye Institute uses the no-stitch surgery method because it reduces downtime and patient discomfort. Once you've had surgery, follow these guidelines for a successful recovery:

  • Avoid getting soap or water in your eye
  • Apply eye drops if prescribed
  • Wear a protective shield while you sleep
  • Avoid rubbing or pressing on your eye
  • Follow your provider’s instructions on returning to activities

Cataract surgery is successful in 95% of patients. 

Take control over your vision. Call Southern Eye Institute or schedule your consultation online today.