Laser Cataract Surgery
What is laser cataract surgery?
Refractive cataract surgery with premium intraocular lens implants (IOLs) is 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.
As an experienced cataract surgeon who has performed more than 22,000 successful eye surgical procedures, Dr. Sondheimer is pleased to offer his cataract surgery patients the latest laser cataract surgery.
Am I A Candidate For Cataract Surgery?
Ophthalmologists may offer laser cataract surgery to patients who have cataracts as well as astigmatism. 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.
How Is Laser Cataract Surgery Different from 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 eliminates the need for handheld surgical blades and reduces 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 quicker, smoother recovery.
Patients are awake during laser cataract surgery and comfort is maintained with numbing eye drops. The procedure is 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 most sophisticated IOLs available today correct astigmatism, nearsightedness and farsightedness and reduce the need for reading glasses.
Dr. Sondheimer concludes surgery by placing a protective shield over the eye. Patients are observed in a comfortable recovery area for approximately 30 minutes, after which they are released to be driven home by a friend for family member.
“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.
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 results
The objective of cataract removal surgery is to restore the clearest possible vision. Removing the clouded lens and replacing it with a clear, artificial lens achieves this. The use of laser technology can also improve vision related to a refractive error. This means patients have a greater chance of reducing or eliminating their reliance on eyeglasses after cataract removal.
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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 energy to restore the eye, there is usually 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 strenuous exercise and heavy lifting. Full activity level should be acceptable after one week of healing.
laser Cataract Surgery Risks
Risks of laser cataract surgery are minimal and include:
- Retinal detachment
- Drooping eyelid
- Displacement of the artificial lens
- Secondary cataract
Underlying conditions such as macular degeneration or glaucoma can pose an obstacle to clear vision after cataract surgery and increase risks associated with the procedure. Dr. Sondheimer performs a thorough eye exam and takes a patient’s medical history before cataract removal to facilitate a successful outcome.
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