Laser Cataract Surgery
If you have been diagnosed with cataracts (clouding of the eye’s natural lens), your next step is determining an appropriate treatment plan. For severe cases of cataracts, removal via surgery is necessary. While traditional cataract surgery is a safe and successful procedure, advances in laser technology have allowed for a more efficient and customized treatment option.
Using the same laser technology that makes LASIK vision correction so successful, Visual Health is able to provide safe and effective visual results for cataract surgery patients. Read more about our laser-assisted cataract surgery here and watch a very informative video about how the Lensar Laser assists with cataract surgery here.
About Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery
Laser-assisted cataract surgery uses a femtosecond laser to replace hand-held surgical instruments during critical steps of the cataract removal process. During the procedure, advanced technology called optical coherence tomography is used to create a detailed map and surgical plan for the incisions needed to access the natural lens, allowing for increased precision. Using this plan, the femtosecond laser creates a perfectly sized, shaped and centered circular opening in the lens capsule. The laser is used to break the cataract into tiny pieces, which are then removed using gentle suction.
Once the cataract is removed, an IOL is placed where the natural lens once was. Visual Health offers several IOL options, each with unique features to accommodate our diverse patients. Prior to surgery, our team will meet with you to discuss your visual needs, lifestyle as well as evaluate your eyes to determine which IOL can provide the best visual outcome. Recovery from laser-assisted cataract surgery is short as most patients return to work the next day and notice visual improvements within 24 hours.
The Benefits of Laser Cataract Surgery
Utilizing a laser for cataract removal has several benefits. Our surgeons have found laser-assisted cataract surgery to be easier and more predictable than traditional surgery with handheld instruments. The accuracy of the laser allows for a more precise incision, minimizing healing time. Using the laser to fragment the cataract as opposed to the ultrasound energy used in traditional surgery also minimizes complications. Finally, the use of the laser also allows for better centering and positioning of the IOL, which leads to better visual outcomes. Studies have also found that laser cataract surgery patients are more likely to see clearly sooner and without visual aids after recovering from their procedure.
Learn More about Laser-assisted Cataract Surgery
Our laser cataract surgery is a highly successful procedure. But it is not ideal for all cataract patients. Prior to surgery, a board certified ophthalmologist from our team will meet with you to discuss your eye health and symptoms. Using this information they will determine whether you are an appropriate candidate for laser-assisted cataract surgery or traditional surgery.
To learn more about laser-assisted cataract surgery, schedule an appointment with Visual Health. Please call our office today at 1-800-771-3937.