A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens. This can lead to vision loss and even blindness. Patients suffering from cataracts can have them removed via cataract surgery.
During cataract surgery, the eye’s natural lens is removed and is replaced with an artificial intraocular lens. Removing the eye’s natural lens permanently removes the cataract. Replacing the eye’s natural lens with an artificial lens can restore and even improve vision.
There are two methods of performing cataract surgery: traditional cataract surgery and laser cataract surgery. During traditional cataract surgery, the surgeon uses handheld instruments to perform the procedure. During laser cataract surgery, the surgeon uses a laser to perform key steps of the procedure.
When choosing an ophthalmologist, you should select one who performs laser cataract surgery. Here, the doctors at Mittleman Eye explain the benefits of laser cataract surgery over the traditional procedure.
Regardless of the method, cataract surgery is considered safe and effective. However, many of the steps of the procedure are automated during laser cataract surgery. This removes the chance of human error, thus increasing its safety when compared to the traditional method.
Lasers are precise and allow for more accurate vision repair. During laser surgery, the surgeon uses technology to guide the laser to accurately make the incisions. The laser creates a precise incision in the eye and separates the lens into pieces for removal. Utilizing a laser allows for a greater level of precision than with handheld tools.
Laser cataract surgery is a better option when it comes to vision correction. While both methods result in improved vision, laser cataract surgery provides more predictable vision correction which leads to better outcomes for the patient.
Patients are often surprised to learn that cataract surgery can significantly reduce or even entirely remove their dependence on glasses or contact lenses. This is because the new artificial lens can actually improve vision.
Cataract surgery is a relatively fast procedure and so is the recovery. Recovery time is often reduced when the procedure utilizes lasers instead of the traditional method. This is because lasers use less energy to break up the cataract. This tends to result in less swelling and thus a faster recovery.
Contact Mittleman Eye Today
If you have been diagnosed with cataracts, our doctors are available to discuss your treatment options with you. Patients who wish to make an appointment can schedule one directly online or call or text (561) 500-2020.