Technology has changed the world. Many of today’s cataract patients never used a cell phone or a computer growing up. Now they have their own handheld devices and use Skype to communicate with their grandchildren. Many things change in life, but not the fact that everyone will get cataracts if they live long enough.
The good news is that despite that fact, cataract surgery technology has also advanced, making the most common eye surgery in the world safer and more precise with even better outcomes.
This new technology is known as laser cataract surgery.
Cataracts Haven’t Changed
Maybe someday scientists will discover how to eliminate cataracts from forming, but until then we must deal with them. Cataracts develop slowly and eventually affect a patient’s ability to read and perform everyday tasks. They form in the clear natural lens of our eyes and vision becomes cloudy. In turn they restrict light entering the eye from reaching the retina, thereby causing vision to become compromised. Unless the cloudy lens is removed and replaced, it can affect a patient’s independence and lifestyle.
Cataract surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure and is minimally invasive and painless. That part hasn’t changed, but how the surgery is performed and the technology used are completely different.
What Is Laser Cataract Surgery?
Technology has allowed cataract surgeons to move from using all handheld implements to perform surgery to state-of-the-art lasers doing most of the steps. Just as the femtosecond laser revolutionized how LASIK is performed, it is now doing the same for cataract patients.
Laser assisted cataract surgery is state-of-the-art for today’s cataract patients. Instead of using handheld single-use diamond blades, the surgeon is able to precisely create incisions using 3D imaging and the gentle laser.
First a precise circular opening is made with the laser.
Then the laser gently breaks up the cataract and lens into small pieces for easier removal.
Next the new artificial lens is inserted into the capsule and unfolds in place, needing no sutures.
Benefits Of Laser Cataract Surgery
The eye specialists at South Texas Eye Institute are always seeking new technologies to improve the outcomes for their patients. Laser cataract surgery adds predictability and new levels of safety to the procedure. The following are benefits of this type of surgery:
- Key steps of cataract surgery are computer controlled and customized
- Reduced risk and improved visual outcome
- Gentle and easy removal of the cataract with less ultrasound energy
- Less strain on the cornea
- Better precision in positioning the new lens
- A more personalized treatment
- Little to no discomfort
Watch Frank’s Before and After Cataract Procedure Testimonial Video
If we still have to get cataracts, we should choose the best cataract doctors with the best technology.
Choose South Texas Eye Institute in San Antonio.