Dr. Gregory Ogawa recently served as an invited instructor in courses teaching other ophthalmologists advanced surgical techniques in Sarasota, FL.
One of the courses covered advanced suturing techniques for iris reconstruction as well as suturing of intraocular lens implants, while the other focused on the latest techniques for removing vitreous from the eye. The courses were at a meeting designed for cataract surgeons entitled, ‘Cataract Surgery: Telling It Like It Is’ (January 16-19 2014).
Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgical procedure in the United States. While generally considered safe and effective, cataract surgery, like all surgical procedures, benefits from advancements in technology. One of the latest advancements, laser cataract surgery, may help make your procedure safer, more accurate, and less likely to result in complications.
Laser Cataract Surgery
There are four steps in every cataract surgery:
- Creating corneal incisions
- Anterior capsulotomy
- Lens fragmentation
- IOL implantation
Barring IOL implantation, all of these steps can now be performed with a laser. Using femtosecond technology, your cataract surgeon can create the corneal incision, open the front part of the capsule that contains the cataract, and break the cataract apart for easy removal. The laser replaces traditional hand-held surgical instruments, which may increase accuracy, reduce common cataract surgery risks, and help shorten your recovery period.
In addition to increasing accuracy and reducing complications, researchers have found that using a laser for cataract surgery may help greatly reduce your need for eyeglasses or contact lenses after your procedure. This is, however, unique to each patient. Your ophthalmologist can best help you determine what you can realistically expect following laser cataract surgery.
To discuss your cataract surgery options, please find an experienced ophthalmologist in your area today.
Cataract surgery enjoys a high success rate in restoring vision, and it is also accompanied by a relatively brief recovery period.
Your ophthalmologist will review your cataract surgery recovery guidelines with you in detail prior to your procedure. In most cases, patients are able to resume normal, low-impact activities the day following surgery and notice the full results of their vision improvement within a month.
Cataract surgery is performed on an outpatient basis under local or topical anesthetic, so you will need someone to drive you home after your cataract surgery. A protective eye shield will be placed over your eye. While you may be able to remove this shield several hours later, you will need to replace it over your eye any time you are asleep for the week following cataract surgery.
Your vision may seem cloudy or blurry when you first remove your eye shield; this is normal, since it takes time for your body to adapt to the new intraocular lens that has been placed. Although most people are able to return to their normal, daily activities within a day or two after cataract surgery, there are a few key tips to follow to help ensure a smooth, comfortable recovery:
- Apply antibiotic eye drops as prescribed to you by your eye doctor
- Avoid strenuous activities such as intense exercise or heavy lifting for a few weeks
- Take care to protect your eyes from wind, dust and other irritants for a few weeks following cataract surgery
- Do not swim or use a hot tub within the first week after cataract surgery
- Avoid rubbing your eyes
Most patients will experience the full results of their vision improvement within a week to six weeks following cataract surgery. It’s important to remember that everyone heals at a different rate, and individual experiences during recovery may vary.
If you would like to learn more about surgery to correct cataracts, please contact Eyes.com to find an experienced eye doctor near you.