Cataracts | Laser Cataract Surgery
Laser-assisted cataract surgery is an advanced option for treating cataracts. This procedure uses a machine to automate the most challenging steps of traditional cataract surgery, such as performing corneal incisions, opening the capsule and softening and breaking up the cataract.
The laser’s advanced imaging system maps a patient’s eye with 3-D visualization, allowing the surgeon to customize the surgery to the individual. It then creates incisions to break apart the cataract with more speed and precision than is possible manually, increasing accuracy and contributing to more predictable surgical outcomes. As with traditional cataract surgery, the cataract is removed and a new lens is put in the eye.
The laser also enables the doctor to correct astigmatism, which is when the cornea is not shaped perfectly round. Most patients have at least a small amount of astigmatism. Traditional cataract surgery does not correct this condition. By correcting astigmatism, the laser improves the odds of having the best possible end result.
The surgery lasts less than half an hour. Most times, only one eye is corrected. For patients with cataracts in both eyes, waiting at least two to four weeks between each surgery is suggested.
Everyone’s eyes are different, so it is important that a patient work with his or her physician to decide which cataract procedure is right for them.