Empire Eye Physicians Now Offers Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery
How does it work and what are the steps?
Traditional cataract surgery requires the incisions be made by hand using sharp instruments. However, every eye has a unique size and shape. With laser-assisted cataract surgery, the surgeon is able to view a 3D map of the cataract and guide the laser in creating exact, precise incisions without any potential error of a hand-held blade. This enables Empire Eye surgeons to create a customized treatment plan that matches the uniqueness of each eye.
Next, the surgeon uses the laser to create a circular opening for accessing and removing the cataract. Clinical studies have shown that this opening is approximately 10 times more accurate when performed with the laser than what is achievable by hand. (*1,2) The laser then softens and breaks up the hard cataract into tiny pieces, allowing for gentler, easier cataract removal. (*3) In addition, we have seen and studies have shown there is more rapid recovery and less inflammation following laser-assisted cataract surgery than traditional cataract surgery (*4).
Depending on the patient’s pre-operative vision and desired visual result, our surgeons may recommend a tailored treatment plan that could include creating ultra-precise laser incisions in the cornea to reduce or eliminate astigmatism and a specific clear lens type, such as a multi-focal or toric lenses. This tailored treatment may reduce a patient’s need for glasses or contacts after surgery.
What are the benefits of laser-assisted cataract surgery?
- A highly customized procedure using advanced 3D imaging
- A more precise treatment
- A gentler and easier cataract removal
- Generally, a more rapid visual recovery due to reduced inflammation (*4)
- The opportunity to receive tailored treatment with advanced technology multi-focal lenses, which may reduce the need for glasses or contacts after surgery
How do I know if I can have laser-assisted cataract surgery?
Nearly everyone who qualifies for cataract surgery can benefit from laser-assisted cataract surgery. Talk with your doctor about laser-assisted cataract surgery or call our office for a cataract consultation. Empire Eye Physicians has a long-standing history of working with your local family optometrist and is committed to providing you the latest in state-of-the-art cataract surgical treatment in a comfortable, caring, low-stress environment.