Cataracts are a common problem that appears as we age. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, cataracts affect more than 24.4 million Americans age 40 and older. By 75 years old, about half of all Americans have cataracts.
Thankfully, cataract laser surgery, an innovative solution for vision impairment caused by cataracts, has seen rapid evolution over the years. The introduction of laser-assisted cataract surgery has revolutionized the field of ophthalmology, offering strong potential for the future of eyesight.
Cataracts, characterized by the clouding of the eye’s natural lens, present a widespread ocular challenge and are predominantly linked with aging. Despite factors like genetics, certain diseases, and lifestyle choices contributing to cataract development, the natural aging process remains the primary catalyst.
Traditional vs. Laser Cataract Surgery
Though Center For Sight does not offer traditional surgery options, it’s important to know what it entails to understand laser cataract surgery better. Traditional cataract surgery involves a surgeon creating a small corneal incision using a scalpel. Next, they use a medical instrument to make a circular incision on the lens, revealing the cataract. Ultrasound waves are then employed to fragment the cataract into small pieces for removal. Finally, the cataract surgeon replaces the clouded natural lens with an artificial one, and the incisions are sealed.
In contrast, laser cataract surgery introduces advanced laser technology, such as the FDA-approved LENSAR femtosecond laser. This laser system uses computer software to meticulously map the eye’s contours in 3D. These detailed maps guide the laser’s precise incisions, dictating location, size, and depth. The result is safe and exact cataract removal, replaced by an IOL—preserving the lens’s integrity. Additionally, the laser efficiently softens and disassembles denser or more developed cataracts, minimizing ocular trauma and expediting the healing process.
Why Opt for Laser Cataract Surgery?
Precision Beyond Compare
With laser cataract surgery comes unparalleled precision, a facet that surpasses manual surgical techniques, even when performed by top surgeons. This exactness is especially useful when patients need multifocal lenses to address both distant and near vision.
Because laser treatment for cataracts can reshape the cornea, it can correct minor astigmatism and eliminate cataracts in a single procedure. This efficiency is invaluable for patients who need multifaceted vision functionality for driving, reading, computer work, and physical activity, free from the constraint of glasses. The laser’s capacity to create consistently precise incisions is why patients can achieve these more predictable postoperative outcomes.
Laser technology demands less energy than ultrasound for cataract fragmentation. Consequently, this reduction in power means a lower risk of corneal swelling, a factor that can significantly impact vision. The ensuing expedited healing process is a strong perk for most patients—spanning anywhere from a few days to a week. Learn more about the process in our blog titled Cataract Surgery: Before, During, and After the Procedure.
Is Laser Treatment For Cataracts Right for You?
While laser cataract surgery offers many advantages, it may not be universally suitable. Depending on your unique medical history, genetics, and other factors, the effects and postoperative care may vary. Patients should proceed with laser cataract surgery only after consulting a ophthalmologist to craft a personalized treatment plan.
At Center For Sight, our team has performed countless life-changing cataract surgeries at an AAAHC-accredited surgery center. Beyond our surgical expertise, we commit to a thorough, courteous, and professional experience for all. Contact our experts today to schedule your first visit.
The advice in this blog is for general informational purposes only and may not be suited for your exact insurance plan and cataract needs. Therefore, consulting a qualified healthcare professional for personalized advice and treatment is essential.
About Center For Sight
Center For Sight provides ophthalmology, optometry, dermatology and cosmetic surgery services to patients in Southwest Florida. The practice offers patients convenient access to nationally renowned surgeons, highly-trained, compassionate staff members and cutting-edge technology. Center For Sight’s mission is to “bring clear vision to life” through trusting relationships and the unending pursuit of excellence in eye care. For additional information and locations, visit CenterForSight.net.
About Center For Sight Foundation
The Center For Sight Foundation is a donor-advised fund maintained and operated by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, a section 501(c)(3) organization. The fund is composed of contributions made by individual donors. David W. Shoemaker, M.D., established the Center For Sight Foundation to support the annual Mission Cataract program, which restores vision at no cost for people living at the poverty level suffering vision loss due to cataracts. For more information, visit CFSFoundation.org.