Is Laser Cataract Surgery Worth It?

If you’ve been diagnosed with cataracts, you’ll eventually need cataract surgery to restore clear vision and improve your quality of life. Significant advances in cataract surgery, such as laser cataract surgery, now enable cataract surgery to be more precise than ever before.

Keep reading to learn if laser cataract surgery is worth it!

What Is Laser Cataract Surgery?

Cataracts are a natural process of aging in your eye. They form when your eye’s natural lens becomes cloudy, causing blurry vision and making it increasingly harder to see.

In traditional cataract surgery, the surgeon uses a blade to make an incision in your cornea. However, the advancement of laser cataract surgery allows your cataract surgeon to create a more precise opening in your cornea with a laser.

This laser creates a more accurate incision than a surgeon is capable of doing by hand. After your cataract surgeon uses a laser to make the initial incision in the cornea, they will apply ultrasound waves to the cataract to break it up into tiny pieces for removal.

Once your cataract surgeon extracts the fragmented cataract lens, they will implant a new, clear artificial lens in its place. Laser cataract surgery can make the procedure more accurate and help produce optimal vision results.

Benefits of Laser Cataract Surgery

There are many benefits to having laser cataract surgery as opposed to traditional cataract surgery. Laser cataract surgery can help provide the best possible vision outcome after the procedure. 

Greater Precision

A capsulotomy is a critical step in cataract surgery. It involves opening a delicate and thin membrane containing your eye’s natural lens where the cataract is.

In traditional cataract surgery, cataract surgeons manually open the capsule. Since this membrane is so delicate, the capsule can break when not done carefully during traditional cataract surgery.

A compromised capsule further increases the chances of complications during cataract removal. Laser technology allows your surgeon to correctly analyze critical information about your eye’s lens.

During laser cataract surgery, your surgeon can ensure higher precision when opening the capsule, removing the cataract lens, and implanting the artificial lens. The unmatched precision of laser technology significantly lowers the risk of capsule damage.

In addition, the proper placement of your new intraocular lens, or IOL, can help reduce the need for contact lenses or glasses.

Highly Effective

Laser cataract surgery is one of the most advanced, effective, and safe technologies available to remove cataracts, restore clear vision, and protect your sight. The laser system allows for custom treatment, accurate eye mapping, and the placement of the IOL.

For these reasons, those who choose laser cataract surgery can have better vision outcomes compared to those who opt for traditional cataract removal. 

Less Invasive

No blades or stitches are needed in laser cataract surgery. As a result, the procedure is safer and offers a quick recovery. 

Laser cataract surgery requires less energy to break up the cataract. This means there will be less movement in your eye.

The risk of corneal swelling post-op is considerably reduced, resulting in faster vision restoration. Your recovery will also be shorter and smoother. 

The expert eye doctors at Eye Physicians and Surgeons of Arizona offer breakthrough technology in cataract surgery to enhance your vision and quality of life.

Do you want to learn more about the benefits of laser cataract surgery? Schedule a cataract evaluation at Eye Physicians & Surgeons of Arizona in Glendale, AZ, today!

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