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Clear-Cornea Cataract Surgery: Implanting the New Intraocular Lens

Once your old lens has been removed, your doctor slips the new intraocular lens (IOL) in through the incision. The IOL is then positioned in the capsule that held your old lens. With the new lens in place, your doctor is ready to close the incision. In many cases, the incision is self-sealing (no-stitch). That means it will stay closed on its own without stitches. But sometimes, a stitch may be needed. The IOL does much the same thing as your old lens did before it became cloudy. It focuses light, letting you see sharp images and vivid colors. The IOL normally lasts a lifetime.

How Small Is an IOL?

IOL next to dime to show how small IOL is.

Closeup of forceps tips holding folded IOL.

An IOL folded to half its size allows a smaller incision.

Cross section of front part of eye showing cornea and pupil. Lens has been removed. IOL is held in place in capsule by flexible tabs.
The IOL unfolds as it is inserted into the eye’s natural capsule. Flexible tabs hold the IOL in place.

Author: StayWell Custom Communications
Last Annual Review Date: 5/15/2011
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