What is Laser Cataract Surgery?
To remove a cataract during traditional cataract surgery, doctors must make small incisions along the cornea. This is performed by making small incisions with a sharp blade, but with laser cataract surgery, it can now be performed with the highest level of precision by using a laser.
Since the incisions are so small, and our eyes are so efficient, they heal quickly without the need for sutures. Your doctor will bandage the eye temporarily and there will be a resting period of 15 to 30 minutes, but all together the whole procedure can be completed in less than an hour.
Am I a Candidate for Laser Cataract Surgery?
If your ophthalmologist has suggested cataract surgery is right for you, then you most likely are a candidate for Laser Cataract Surgery as well. Whether the procedure is performed in the traditional manner or with more modern equipment, if your ophthalmologist has given you the ok for the procedure, your choices will not be limited. Generally, those who have has previous eye injuries, diseases or surgeries may not be candidates for cataract surgery.
Laser vs. Traditional Cataract Surgery
Both traditional cataract surgery and laser cataract surgery are extremely safe and effective. Both are performed very regularly, although laser cataract surgery is quickly becoming the preferred procedure for both doctors and patients.
The main difference between laser cataract surgery and traditional cataract surgery is the most obvious one. During laser cataract surgery, a femtosecond laser is used to make incisions in the cornea, whereas traditional cataract surgery utilizes a precise blade. Laser cataract surgery allows for a more precise incision, further reducing the possibility of human error.
What are the benefits of Laser Cataract Surgery?
The doctors at Family Eye Physicians work hard towards making our cataract surgery as precise as possible, and to produce the greatest vision results for our patients after surgery. With new improvements in lasers, we believe we cannot compete with the precision of the laser in some of the manual steps during cataract surgery.
How does the LENSAR system work?
LENSAR’s superior Augmented Reality takes an advanced approach to cataract surgery. With Augmented Reality, Family Eye Physicians surgeons can see everything inside of your eye in superior detail. This allows the surgeon to plan the surgery better, to precisely soften the cataract in preparation for removal, and to ensure the suitable condition for the most accurate placement of your intraocular lens. This allows your surgeon to ensure that the cataract is safely removed and that the new intraocular lens is flawlessly placed, resulting in healthier visual outcomes.