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Cataract Center

While Dr. Alina Stanciu performs many different procedures cataract surgery is certainly one of her specialties. She has performed thousands of no-stitch advanced cataract surgeries under topical anesthesia with excellent results.

There have been many advances in cataract surgery techniques and IOL technology in recent years. With over one million procedures performed each year, many patients now experience a quality of vision that is even better than before they developed cataracts.

Once it is determined that you have cataracts and that they must be removed Dr. Stanciu will then work with you to decide which IOL is best for your visual needs. There are two basic types of IOLs, each designed for a specific corrective function. These types are monofocal and multifocal.

Monofocal IOL: An intraocular lens that provides patients with only one focal point. Most commonly, these lenses correct only for distance vision.

Cataract SurgeryMultifocal IOL: Multifocal lenses are designed to correct a range of vision – near through distance. You may be a candidate for the AcrySof® ReSTOR® IOL, which is an advanced type of multifocal IOL. Ask Dr. Stanciu if the AcrySof® ReSTOR® IOL is right for you.

ReSTORAdvanced Cataract surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. Your cataract will be removed with an advanced technique called phacoemulsification, or small incision cataract surgery. Most patients only require topical, ‘eye-drop’ anesthesia. After the eye is completely numbed, Dr. Stanciu will make a self-sealing incision of about 1/8” in the sclera (white part of the eye), or in the clear cornea (just above the area where the cornea meets the sclera).

The cataract is then broken into microscopic particles using high-energy sound waves and gently suctioned from the eye. Then, to compensate for the removal of the natural lens Dr. Stanciu implants an intraocular lens (IOL) into the capsular bag, the same thin tissue that held your natural lens. Once the lens is positioned, the eye remains tightly sealed by the natural outward pressure within your eye. Dr. Stanciu’s patients then return home a few hours later and will be followed up the next day for a post operative appointment.

Will I need more surgery after my Cataracts are removed? 


Secondary Cataract

Many cataract patients experience cloudy vision months, or even years, after the cataract procedure. This condition, sometimes called a “secondary cataract,” occurs when the posterior capsule, which holds the lens in place, becomes cloudy.

The modern technique of cataract surgery involves removing the cloudy contents of the eye's natural lens, while leaving the clear outer membrane (called the capsule) to hold the new intraocular lens in place. 

This capsule has cells on it which will, in some cases, continue to produce lens fibers. These fibers cannot be laid down in an organized manner and will form little beads or "pearls" on the lens capsule, forming a secondary membrane. When these pearls accumulate in the pupil, they cause a blurring of vision similar to that which one experiences with a cataract. This occurs approximately 30-40% of the time and can appear at any time after surgery, even as much as five or more years later.

Although the blurred vision produced by this membrane can be quite significant, fortunately, there is a very easy way of clearing the pupil of this cloudy capsule. During the procedure, called YAG Laser Capsulotomy, a special laser (Yttrium Aluminum Garnet) is used.

The Procedure:  

  • Is completely painless.Yag
  • Does not involve any anesthesia.
  • Does not require any preoperative tests.
  • Does not need an operating room.
  • Takes less than 5 minutes.
  • Does not have any postoperative restrictions.

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