Laser Cataract Surgery
Laser cataract surgery is the newest innovation in the removal of cataracts. The surgery is designed to provide the most precision, safety, and accuracy for your cataract surgery. Eye Clinic of Austin is one of the first eye surgery centers in Austin to offer laser cataract surgery.
What is Laser Cataract Surgery?
Laser cataract surgery is a type of cataract surgery which removes cataracts. Though traditional cataract surgery is one of the safest surgical procedures, laser cataract surgery can provide even more precision by using a laser for cutting rather than a hand-held instrument. Laser cataract surgery is the most advanced form of cataract surgery, and is often recommended if a premium lens is selected.
Laser Cataract Surgery at Eye Clinic of Austin
Dr. Thomas Henderson has performed cataract surgery for over 30 years. Consistently voted a Top Ophthalmologist in Austin Monthly, Dr. Henderson is one of the most skilled ophthalmologists in Central Texas. His goal is to provide the most advanced eye care with friendly, old-fashioned service. Dr. Henderson also understands how certain lenses perform and which will work best for your unique eyes and lifestyle.
Committed to being at the forefront of technological advances in eye surgery, Eye Clinic of Austin uses the VERION™ Image Guided System and the LenSx® femtosecond laser.
The VERION Image Guided System performs key diagnostic measurements and captures a high resolution digital image of the eye in a single step. Delivering a new era of refractive cataract precision, the VERION system allows the eye surgeon to provide the best in accuracy, precision, and minimize transcription errors. Most importantly, the VERION provides comprehensive astigmatism management by providing accurate measurements for astigmatic IOL’s and enabling more accurate surgery with image guidance for the best placement of the astigmatic IOL in the eye.
The LenSx® Laser is a fully integrated, image-guided femtosecond laser. A 3-D surgical platform is used, allowing the eye surgeon to visualize, customize, and perform many of the most challenging steps of cataract surgery.
Eye Clinic of Austin is also the first eye center in Central Texas to offer Dropless Cataract Surgery™. Dropless Cataract Surgery is the newest innovation in eye care technology that reduces or eliminates the need for patients to administer important eye drops for 3-4 weeks after the surgery in order to reduce the risk of infection. With Dropless Cataract Surgery, the eye surgeon deposits a sterile, compounded formulation of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medication in the back of the eye during the surgery itself. This not only reduces the risk of infection from 1 in 1,000 to 1 in 10,000, but also relieves the burden of a patient having to use multiple eye drops four times per day and the expense of multiple bottles of often pricey drops.
To learn more about laser cataract surgery with the Eye Clinic of Austin, we recommend scheduling a cataract consultation.
We discuss current vision goals, refractive options, and what to expect from cataract surgery or laser cataract surgery. We also run a series of tests to determine your cataract’s severity and make a recommendation on which procedure would work best for your eyes and your visual needs. The consultation fee is billed to your insurance company, though it may not be covered by insurance.
Once the consultation is complete and we have agreed on the best surgery option, we can then schedule a surgery date and any pre-op testing required.
When to Have Laser Cataract Surgery
A comprehensive eye exam is the only way to know when to have laser cataract surgery. If vision is not yet affected, the surgery could be delayed, depending on an ophthalmologist’s recommendation. However, cataracts get worse, so it is vital to schedule annual eye exams to review a cataract’s progressive effects on your vision.
Risks of Laser Cataract Surgery
Results of past laser cataract surgeries performed suggest that laser cataract surgery is as safe, in many cases safer, than manual cataract surgery. Even still, it is a surgery and there can be risks. The procedure has been seen to create minor subconjunctival hemorrhages seen in the white part of the eye. This is due to the pressure required to maintain suction on the eye during laser cataract surgery. This issue resolves early on in the post-op period and the patient is unlikely to feel any discomfort as a result of the hemorrhages.
After Laser Cataract Surgery
As with traditional cataract surgery, recovery after laser cataract surgery takes two to three weeks, but most patients return to work the next day and strenuous activity after one week. In addition, if the patient has selected a premium lens, improved vision without the correction of contact lenses or glasses should occur promptly.