Laser Cataract Surgery
Your eyes are like fingerprints. They are particular to you alone. You deserve a treatment that’s tailored to the unique anatomy of your eyes. At Houston LASIK & Eye, we utilize the latest laser technology to bring new levels of customization to cataract surgery, as well as unparalleled precision, accuracy, and predictability of outcome.
What is laser cataract surgery?
Cataract surgery is the removal of the natural lens of the eye that has been clouded by cataracts, and then replacing it with an artificial lens. In traditional cataract surgery, the eye surgeon manually creates an incision in the eye using a diamond blade. A high-frequency ultrasound is then used to break up cataracts and the tiny pieces are vacuumed out with a fine tube. The success of the procedure largely depends on surgeon skill and experience.
The new computer-guided laser cataract surgery removes the variability of surgeon experience out of the picture. In a laser cataract surgery, your surgeon uses an imaging technology called optical coherence tomography (OCT), allowing them to create a treatment plan that is precise and customized to your eye.
Instead of a knife, the surgeon then uses a computer-controlled femtosecond laser to create corneal incisions and break up the cataract. The fragments are removed from the eye with a suction.
The femtosecond laser used in laser cataract surgery offers a level of accuracy and safety that far exceeds manual surgery methods. It is less invasive, allowing your eyes to heal much faster afterward.
Am I a candidate?
If you have cataracts, you are a potential candidate for laser cataract surgery. People who have cataracts generally experience blurred vision, clouded vision, and light sensitivity. Cataracts typically affect people 50 years and older, although anyone may develop it at any age.
Laser cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure that is painless and lasts only a few minutes. Before the surgery, you will be given eye drops to numb the pain. After the natural lens is removed, intraocular lens is inserted by the surgeon to provide you new vision.
After the procedure, you will be provided an eye patch to wear overnight, as well as eye drops to prevent infection and inflammation. You will need someone to drive you home after the surgery, but after 24 hours, you will already enjoy your new, clear vision. Total recovery takes about two weeks.
Houston LASIK & Eye is dedicated to bringing you the most advanced and safest option in eye surgery. Contact us to learn more about laser cataract surgery.