Micro Incision Cataract Surgery

MICS (Micro Incision Cataract Surgery)

Earlier Cataract Surgery would put patients off their daily routine for more than weeks in a row with a common sight of their eyes strapped in bandage. But with advancement in technology, it takes not more than 5-10 minutes to finish the surgical process.

Earlier, Cataract Surgery was performed with an incision of 12 mm. Over the years, with the advent of phacoemulsification / phaco the incision has been reduced to the minimum of 2.8 – 3.4mm.

Micro Incision Cataract Surgery is a significant development in the treatment of Cataract or Blurred Vision which has redefined the dynamics of eye surgery. This operation methodology brings about more comfort for patients and immediate recovery.

This new technique of performing Cataract Surgery already made things easier and simpler, for both patients and surgeons

The technique of MICS makes Cataract Surgery safer than before, painless, speedy and very accurate. The patient may resume with the daily activities on the same day or maximum within a day’s time.


What Are Microincision Cataract Procedures?

Microincision cataract surgery involves making a tiny incision in the eye to perform the procedure. This type of surgery is typically performed using an ultrasound device called phacoemulsification. During the procedure, the surgeon uses ultrasonic energy to break apart the lens inside the eye. Once the lens has been broken into pieces, the surgeon removes them through the incision.

What’s Involved with Microincision Cataracts?

There are several different microincision cataract surgeries available today. They vary in how much tissue is removed during the procedure and what kind of incisions are used. In general, the smaller the incision, the less tissue is removed. However, there are tradeoffs between size and safety. Smaller incisions mean that the surgeon must make multiple passes through the incision to remove the lens material. These additional passes increase the chance of complications such as retinal detachment.

Advantages of MICS (Micro Incision Cataract Surgery):

  • Smaller incisions heal faster which ultimately leads to faster vision recovery
  • Smaller incision induce lesser change of original shape of the eye. Hence less astigmatism and lesser requirement of post operative Spectacles
  • Enhanced quality of postoperative vision with improved IOLs having advanced optics technology thus rendering an enhanced vision contrast
  • Faster healing means good news for diabetic patients (those with delayed wound healing tendency)
  • Lesser incidence of infections (as the wound heals quickly)
  • Minimal restrictions post operatively (as the wound heals superfast)
  • Less follow up visits to the surgeon
  • The patient can get back to his normal life style like watching T.V, computer reading etc. nearly immediately.
  • All these above mentioned advantages contribute to the success of Cataract Surgery MICS. It is safe even in the summer/rainy season, thus breaking the age old myth about cataract surgery being unsafe in a few specific months.