Cataract Surgery Explained

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LASIK Eye Surgery Information

Cataract Surgery & Laser Eye Cataract Surgery

The reason for Cataract surgery is that the lens inside your eye becomes cloudy and hazy from the Cataract formation. Cataracts are typically an age related medical condition and it is surgically removed and replaced with a new lens called an (intraocular lens IOL) to restore clear and normal vision. The surgery is most commonly performed on an outpatient basis and typically does not require an overnight hospital visit.

Most of today’s Cataract procedures involve using an ultrasound probe that breaks up the clouded, hazy lens into small pieces. These very small pieces are then carefully removed from the eye with a suction device. After the Cataract has been removed from your eye, the Cataract surgeon replaces the old lens with a clear intraocular lens in the exact same location where your natural lens use to be. The Cataract surgeon then completes the cataract surgery by closing the incision in your eye and in some instances stitches may be needed. Then the doctor places a protective cover over the eye to help keep  the treated eye safe during the Cataract surgery recovery.

Cataract Surgery

Cataract Surgery Technology Improvements

One advancement in Cataract surgery is called Phaco Cataracts surgery and it is performed using smaller surgical incisions than previous techniques for the removal of the cloudy cataract lens. Phaco Cataract surgery is safe and this surgical method typically promotes a quicker healing process and reduces the risk of Cataract surgery complications. 

The most recent technological advancement in Cataract surgery is the recent FDA approved Femtosecond Lasers which makes Laser Cataract surgery even more accurate and predictable. The femtosecond lasers have increased in popularity since it is considered to be state-of-the-art technology and has recent FDA approval. The Femtosecond Laser reduces the need for surgical blades and other hand-held tools.  

Laser Cataract surgery is considered the newest technology and it does increase the out of pocket cost of Cataract surgery since the advanced laser technology costs several hundred thousand dollars. Many studies have shown that femtosecond lasers can improve accuracy during the procedure.

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