Understanding Laser Cataract Surgery
Oct 25, 2022
Laser cataract surgery is a procedure that removes eye cataracts and then implants replacement lenses to enhance a patient's vision. Instead of a blade, a laser is used to break up cataracts and remove them.
Laser cataract surgery utilizes a computer-guided laser to ensure accurate incisions. The imaging system used offers a 3D view of the eye to accurately guide the surgeon on the incision location.
Cataracts form cloudy spots on the eye lenses as you age. These spots can impair your vision or cause blindness if not treated early. Cataract surgery is recommended to eliminate the cloudy vision caused by cataracts.
Laser cataract surgery is the most advanced method that yields accurate results. During the operation, a circular cut is made in the eye lens. The laser is then used to crumble the cataracts into small pieces and remove them using an ultrasound machine.
This safe procedure reduces the overall downtime while ensuring minimal swelling and fast recovery. It can also help to correct astigmatism in patients whose vision is distorted. The surgery takes about 30 minutes. Surgery is often performed one eye at a time. The eyes are dilated with medication to make 3D mapping easier.
Most people who undergo laser cataract surgery leave the surgery center soon after the procedure. Patients may experience blurry vision for a few days following the surgical procedure, but others will see clearly immediately after laser cataract surgery. Resting to help with recovering after the surgery is recommended.
Laser cataract surgery may have side effects, including:Slight swelling within the eye
- Eye redness
- Mild discomfort, etc.
The cost of this procedure varies by state. Most Insurance will help to cover the cost. It is recommended to schedule a consultation and discuss options with your eye doctor.
The Eye Center is the leading refractive practice in South Carolina, providing full service eye care and specializing in Refractive Surgery – Lasik, AST, PRK, PRELEX, as well as Corneal Transplant and Cataract Surgery.