Cataract Awareness Month

June is National Cataract Awareness Month. As the purpose of is to increase the awareness of newer cataract surgery techniques and intraocular lenses (IOLs), I thought it would be most appropriate to launch a few projects this month

You’re Going To Vacuum Out My Eye?

Imagine you have a plastic trash bag (the cheap thin ones from a discount store, not the Heavy Duty Hefty bag) – this is going to be our imaginary capsular bag. In the eye this bag is only a few millionths of a meter thick. Now fill it up with oatmeal – this is our model cataract. Now, in order to remove the cataract we are going to use an instrument that both pours fluid into the bag and vacuums the oatmeal out of the bag.