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.