Cataracts are the most common cause of treatable blindness in the world. They frequently cause blurry vision as we age. The 2 biggest changes in cataract surgery over the last 20 years have been the introduction of laser assisted surgery and the use of Premium Lenses. We fully embrace both of these new technologies and believe they are excellent options for our patients.
What is a Cataract?
When the natural lens in an eye becomes cloudy (usually due to aging) it is called a cataract. This process results in blurry vision.
What is Cataract Surgery?
The cataract can be thought of like an M&M. The goal is to remove the chocolate and leave the shell. The chocolate is then replaced with a new clear plastic lens.
Traditionally, incisions are made into the eye with blades. The front of the M&M shell is broken and the chocolate is removed with an ultrasonic jackhammer called a phacoemulsification unit.
How is Laser Cataract Surgery Different?
The laser works by making the incisions into the eye. It then creates a perfectly round opening in the shell so the chocolate can be removed. Furthermore, it microwaves the chocolate, so instead of breaking it up with a jackhammer, it is more gently aspirated with less energy.
The more energy that is used in the eye to remove the lens, the more post operative inflammation there will be and the longer the post operative recovery will be. The laser also improves the centration of the new implant.
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