What Is No Stitch Cataract Surgery

"No-Stitch" Cataract Surgery

Years ago cataract surgery required a hospital stay, long healing times and restrictions on activities. Recovery time for best vision was 2 to 3 months. Surgery-induced astigmatism frequently required eyeglass prescription changes during the first year after surgery. Many patients experienced restricted activities until they completely healed.

With new technologies and techniques, visual recovery time from modern cataract surgery is much quicker. For example, today “No-Stitch” cataract surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. Surgeons are able to perform cataract surgery making only a tiny, precise corneal incision to break up the cloudy lens, gently wash it away and insert the replacement Intraocular Lens (IOL). In fact, the incision actually seals itself without stitches.

After surgery, patients usually do not have their eye patched. They can resume their usual lifestyle and normal activities soon after the procedure is performed.