Extracapsular Cataract Surgery - CMC

What is extracapsular cataract surgery (ECCE)?

Extracapsular cataract surgery (ECCE) is a type of cataract surgery that involves removing the lens of the eye, leaving the posterior capsule intact. The posterior capsule is the clear membrane that holds the lens in place. After the lens is removed, an intraocular lens (IOL) is implanted in the capsular bag.

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How is Extracapsular Cataract Surgery performed?

The surgeon makes a small incision in the cornea, the clear front of the eye. Then, they use a variety of instruments to remove the lens from the eye. The lens is first broken up into small pieces, which are then suctioned out of the eye. The posterior capsule is left intact.

After the lens has been removed, the surgeon implants an IOL in the capsular bag. The IOL is a clear, plastic lens that replaces the natural lens. The IOL is folded up and inserted through the small incision in the cornea. Once the IOL is in place, it unfolds and takes the shape of the natural lens.

What is the recovery time for Extracapsular Cataract Surgery (ECCE)?

Most people recover from extracapsular cataract surgery within a few weeks. You may experience some discomfort and blurred vision for a few days after surgery. However, your vision should improve steadily over time.

What are the benefits of Extracapsular Cataract Surgery (ECCE)?

Extracapsular cataract surgery is a safe and effective way to restore vision in people with cataracts. The procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia, so you will be awake but relaxed during surgery. And, most people experience significant improvement in their vision within a few weeks of surgery.

Extracapsular cataract surgery is a safe and effective procedure that can significantly improve vision in people with cataracts. If you are considering cataract surgery, talk to your doctor about whether ECCE is right for you

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