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
Committed to being at the forefront of technological advances in eye surgery, Eye Clinic of Austin uses the LenSx® femtosecond laser. 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.
Like cataract surgery, laser cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure. Patients experience little to no discomfort during the laser cataract procedure. Typically, patients return to regular activities, such as work, the day after surgery.
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.