Archive for September 2021
When we perform cataract surgeries (and even other eye surgeries), we need some space to work. When the incision is made into the eye, all the fluid in the eye will run out and there will be no space between eye structures. Therefore, we inject a substance called an “ophthalmic viscoelastic device” (OVD or simply…Read More
Corneas and cataracts
When performing cataract surgery, it is important to realize that the surgery puts energy into the eye. That energy can damage the inside of the cornea. I often have conversations with patients in which I tell them that the “inside part of [their] cornea doesn’t work as well as it could.” This means that I…Read More
When the Computers Go Down…
One of the biggest frustrations in practice occurs when there is a technical issue. Either the computers stop working as expected (usually this is the smaller issue), or the system that runs the electronic medical record has a problem (which is the “main pain”). Given that patient histories are in the medical record, we often…Read More
How long does surgery take?
Many patients ask me how long surgery takes. The answer is more complicated than it may seem. Usually, a “standard” cataract surgery is short by surgery standards, but the number of minutes a cataract surgery actually takes from incision to completion does not represent how long the process takes the patient. There are so many…Read More