In the beginning stages of cataracts, it’s unlikely that your eyesight will be significantly affected. Usually, it just calls for a change in your prescription. But when your cataracts begin to impact your vision, they should be removed. Advancements in technology, combined with expert eye surgeons, make this process easy.
There are many different treatment options that can allow you to continue living your life with the vision that you want.
Traditional Cataract Surgery
Traditional cataract surgery uses a no-stitch incision and is very safe and efficient:
It eliminates the need for stitches by using the eye’s internal pressure to keep the incision tightly closed
The eye’s shape is not distorted at all, as with older techniques
You are able to return to normal activities the day after surgery, including bending, lifting, housework, and golfing
You can receive a new prescription for eyewear only 14 days after surgery
There are very few complications reported with cataract surgery. The most likely is a rupturing of the capsule around the lens during the procedure. This situation does not typically result in a loss of vision, and it should be emphasized that a rupture is very rare.
Laser Cataract Surgery
This surgery is now a reality, and in Michigan, Specialty Eye Institute was the first to have the femtosecond laser in Michigan.
Traditional cataract surgery is considered one of the safest and most successful procedures performed in medicine today. Now, a technological breakthrough with laser cataract surgery is available that has significantly improved the precision of several of the most critical steps in cataract surgery. With laser cataract surgery, the doctor will customize your procedure to your eye’s unique characteristics, resulting in more predictable outcomes while potentially making cataract surgery even safer.
In addition to using the femtosecond laser to accomplish many of the surgical steps that were traditionally performed by hand, we use the best and latest innovations in cataract surgery, such as topical anesthesia with drops (eliminating the need for any kind of shot in the eye), sutureless small-incision through the cornea, and foldable intraocular lenses.
The precise, reproducible steps performed by the laser mean better lens positioning, less trauma to the eye, and more predictable visual results which are especially important with certain lens options.
Femtosecond Laser Surgery
If you are over 50, it is highly likely you will experience cataracts. Like most baby boomers, you want to remain active and healthy. Using a new laser called the femtosecond laser the surgeon creates precisely centered and shaped incisions for each patient.
The femtosecond laser helps soften the cataract for easier removal. Then, a new lens is inserted to create the customized vision you require. For some patients, this may mean choosing monofocal vision or correcting astigmatism.
This laser is a revolutionary step in cataract surgery, providing better use of current intraocular lens options in correcting astigmatism, offering computer controlled precision as it automates some of the most challenging steps of traditional refractive cataract surgery.
*Results may vary. As with any surgical procedure, there are risks.
Need a Consultation Before Cataract Surgery?
Certain lens options are not right for everyone so your doctor will help guide you to find the best option to fit your individual needs. Here are some things to consider when choosing a lens option:
Do you have astigmatism?
What activities are most important to your lifestyle? (knitting, working on the computer, driving, playing golf)
How important is night vision to your lifestyle?
If you were to rate your personality, would you be: easy going, a perfectionist or in the middle?
Would you like the chance to be out of your glasses/contacts for 90% of the day after surgery?