Ophthalmology/Eye Surgery

Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is a procedure in which the surgeon removes the eye’s clouded natural lens and replaces it with an intraocular lens. The procedure itself takes roughly thirty minutes, with patients experiencing little to no pain. Usually, patients are able to return to their normal activities within a few days.

During the procedure, the surgeon makes a small incision at the cornea and inserts an instrument to remove the cloudy lens. Once the natural lens is removed, the implant is inserted and set into a permanent position. Because of the size and location of the incision, stitches are rarely needed, and the eye heals rapidly.

Retina Surgery

If ignored and left untreated, detached retina can cause full loss of vision. Surgery may be the most effective option for treating a detached retina. This is a serious condition that requires immediate attention in order to prevent or limit any future vision loss.

Vitrectomy and/or Pneumopexy

These two procedures are often done together in order to reattach the retina. During the vitrectomy, the surgeon makes a small incision in the white of the patient’s eye known as the sclera. Then the vitreous, a gel-like substance that fills the center of the eye that helps the eye maintain its shape, is removed from the eye. After this is done, the surgeon injects gas into the eye to replace the vitreous gel and reattach the retina through a procedure called pneumopexy. During this part of the procedure the gas pushes the retina back against the wall of the eye. As the eye heals, it will make fluid that gradually replaces the gas and fills the eye.

Our Providers

Ik-sung Kwon, MD
William White, MD