This is a video of a standard phacoemulsification procedure, using a foldable intraocular lens in this instance. To see an injectable lens being used instead, please click here.


After the initial incisions, a viscoelastic substance is injected to create space. The front surface of the lens is then opened - known as the capsulorrhexis - before fluid is injected around the lens. The 'phaco' probe is then introduced into the eye, breaking up the lens into pieces which are then removed. Residual lens matter is then removed, followed by insertion of the lens.

Phacoemulsification procedure