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Types of cataract surgery

Cataract surgery is a microsurgical procedure that can be done in a variety of ways. Most cataract surgeries are performed using a technique known as phacoemulsification.

The most common type of cataract surgery, known as “phacoemulsification”, or phaco for short, uses ultrasound to break up the cataract into a fine powder called “emulsificate”. This is flushed out of the eye with a special fluid (BSS). An intraocular lens (IOL) is then inserted to where the cataract previously existed within the eye.