Laser Cataract Surgery
Cataract eye surgery is a very common and medically necessary procedure to remove and replace the eye’s natural lens when the vision has been clouded by a cataract. We offer laser-assisted cataract surgery and lifestyle lenses as options for our patients.
A cataract is the clouding of the eye’s natural lens. Most cataracts develop with advancing age, typically between ages 60-80. People with cataracts see the world as if through a dirty window, making daily activities more difficult.
During the consultation, we will ask you about your eye health history and your medications, and perform some tests. During one of the tests, your eyes will be dilated. You will then be examined by the surgeon who will discuss your treatment options. We will take the time to explain cataracts, the procedures and the available lens options.
The length of this appointment is usually two hours and your personal Patient Counselor will help you throughout the process. Your Counselor can review insurance and payment options and schedule you for surgery and related appointments, such as post-operative exams.
Laser cataract surgery is a common and relatively painless procedure. Once your surgeon removes the cataract, an artificial lens is inserted, restoring your ability to see clearly once again.
Following cataract surgery, you will have to wear protective glasses during the day and an eye shield at night. Antibiotics and steroid drops will be necessary. Your post-operative treatment plan will be outlined so you know what to expect, including your post-operative visit and your at-home recovery.
During laser cataract surgery, your cloudy lens is removed and replaced with a clear lens safely and comfortably. You may also be a candidate to correct your nearsightedness, farsightedness, presbyopia, and/or astigmatism at the same time.
A cataract is the clouding of the eye's natural lens. Symptoms of a cataract may include blurry or hazy vision, faded colors, difficulty seeing at night or sensitivity to light.
Vision is clearer and feels like the cloud has been lifted. If you have refractive issues, these may still be present post-surgery.
There are a variety of lifestyle options available to customize an individual's vision. Refractive issues may be corrected as part of a cataract surgery to reduce the dependence on eye glasses.Learn More
*Results will vary for each patient and the above demonstration is for illustrative purposes only. Your surgeon will provide the best insights for your cataract surgery based on your individual case.
Common Questions About Cataract Surgery
Is surgery the only option for cataract removal?
Cataract surgery is a medically necessary procedure. However, there are many options for removing a cataract. Your NVISION surgeon will explain the options available to you and help you choose which solution is best for your needs.
What is an intraocular lens?
When a cataract causes your eye’s lens to lose its clarity, the only option is to replace it with an intraocular lens (also known as an IOL). Intraocular lenses are artificial lenses that are implanted behind your cornea during surgery. The lens is permanent, needs no maintenance, and can remain in your eye for your entire life.
Is there a solution for patients with vision conditions and cataracts?
Patients who also have other vision conditions can gain vision improvement with the implantation of intraocular lenses.
Vision conditions such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), presbyopia (the inability to focus close-up), and/or astigmatism (a misshapen cornea causing blurry or ghost-like images) are all treatable with intraocular lenses.
Cataract surgery can also be combined with PRK or LASIK to fine-tune the results.
What is presbyopia?
Presbyopia is an age-related condition that results in the loss of flexibility in the eye’s lens. This decreased flexibility makes it difficult to read close-up objects like books and newspapers.
Selecting a lifestyle lens solution for your cataract surgery could alleviate presbyopic symptoms.