Laser Cataract Surgery
WHAT IS LASER CATARACT SURGERY?
Laser cataract surgery, as well as refractive cataract surgery with premium intraocular lens implants (IOLs), are among the most common vision correction procedures today. Performed through advanced self-sealing, micro-incision surgical techniques that eliminate the need for stitches in the eye and promote increased patient comfort, this procedure both eliminates cataracts and enables patients to see clearly both near and far postoperatively.
CATARACT PATIENT TESTIMONIALS
“Dr. Sondheimer performed laser cataract surgery on my right eye about 6 weeks ago and the result was outstanding. I have never seen better. The whole world is clearer and brighter. I would recommend this surgery to anyone having a problem with cataracts. And I would definitely recommend Dr. Sondheimer!”
Leona C. – June 2018
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR CATARACT SURGERY?
Ophthalmologists may offer laser cataract surgery to patients who have cataracts as well as astigmatism. Most people require cataract surgery when the cataracts are interfering with their ability to see adequately to drive, read, or simply enjoy life. The use of laser technique can remove the clouded lens and also reshape the cornea to correct the refractive error.
Patients who choose a premium intraocular lens such as a multifocal IOL or astigmatism-correcting IOL to complete their cataract surgery may also desire a laser procedure. Many ophthalmologists prefer this technique for premium IOLs because the 3D mapping of the eye allows them better visualization of the lens capsule and placement of the IOL within it.
WHY YOU NEED TO CHOOSE DR. SONDHEIMER FOR CATARACTS TREATMENT
Dr. Stuart P. Sondheimer has been working with refractive surgery since 1991 and he has worked tirelessly and effortlessly. His utmost main goal is to work hard to get people to not have to use their glasses. Dr. Sondheimer has been working with Cataracts for over 20 and has some of the best experience in the business thanks to working with the technologies since they came available. He also has experience with monovision treatment options, which is when one lens sees farsighted while the other lens sees nearsighted. Cataract surgery is a once in a lifetime opportunity to change your vision for distance, intermediate and near.
LASER CATARACT SURGERY BENEFITS
Laser cataract surgery is beneficial because the inclusion of 3D imaging allows for full customization and accuracy in the lens replacement process. Additional benefits include:
- Expanded options for astigmatism correction
- Laser surgery is gentler and uses less ultrasound energy
- Recovery from the mild laser procedure may be smoother than with traditional cataract surgery
LASER CATARACT SURGERY VS. TRADITIONAL CATARACT SURGERY
One of the significant advantages of laser cataract surgery is that the laser device used in surgery creates a 3D map of relevant structures in the eye. The accuracy of what Dr. Sondheimer sees enhances the precision of the procedure. Coupled with the use of the Femtosecond Laser to perform vital steps of cataract treatment, mapping maximizes the outcome of cataract treatment.
The laser device also reduces the need for handheld surgical blades and the amount of ultrasonic energy used to break up the cataractous lens in phacoemulsification (ultrasonic lens removal). When compared to advanced micro-incision cataract surgery, laser cataract surgery leads to improved accuracy and patient comfort as well as less time in surgery and a quick, smooth recovery.
LASER CATARACT SURGERY PROCEDURE
Patients are awake during laser cataract surgery and comfort is maintained with numbing eye drops. The procedure is usually completed in 15 to 20 minutes. During laser surgery, patients may see a kaleidoscope of lights. Only a slight pressing sensation is usually felt but no pain.
After removing the diseased lens through laser cataract surgery, an intraocular lens implant (IOL) is inserted in the eye in order to provide clear vision. The sophisticated IOLs available today can correct astigmatism, nearsightedness and farsightedness and reduce the need for reading glasses.
After surgery, patients are observed in a comfortable recovery area for approximately 15 minutes, after which they are released to be driven home by a friend for family member.
“Dr. Sondheimer gave very thorough explanations of the cataract surgeries I was to have. He made the procedures and choices I would have very clear. The procedures and the post-op check-ups went well. I appreciate the time he spends during appointments …never feel rushed or uninformed. Thank you.”
Helen H. – April 2019
LASER CATARACT SURGERY RESULTS
The objective of laser cataract surgery is to restore the clearest possible vision with maximum precision. Removing the clouded lens and replacing it with a clear, intraocular lens helps to achieve this. The use of laser technology can also improve vision caused by a stigmatic refractive error. This means that patients have a greater chance of reducing or eliminating their reliance on eyeglasses after laser cataract surgery.
RECOVERY FROM LASER CATARACT SURGERY
Some patients notice improved visual clarity right after cataract surgery. However, it is not uncommon for their vision to be relatively blurry for a few days after the procedure. Because laser cataract surgery utilizes less ultrasonic energy to restore the eye, there may be less corneal swelling than there is with traditional cataract removal. Therefore, recovery is typically quick. Patients can leave after their procedure and return to normal activities with the exception of touching their eye and exposing their eye to water. Normal physical activity is generally acceptable soon after cataract surgery is over.
LASER CATARACT SURGERY RISKS
Important risks of laser cataract surgery are rare and include the following:
- Retinal detachment
- Drooping eyelid
- Secondary cataract
- Displacement of the artificial lens