If you are facing the possibility of cataract surgery, you will without a doubt want the procedure to go as smoothly as possible. That way, you can get back to normal life sooner rather than later. When you do, it will be with improved vision, and your quality of life should be much better than before the surgery.
An important part of making sure your surgery goes smoothly is making sure the most up-to-date equipment is used by a doctor with skills to match. Laser assisted cataract surgery at Live Oak Ophthalmology is more precise when compared with the conventional method. As a result, patients usually enjoy quicker healing times. Our team can also predict the results with more accuracy.
Cataracts develop when the lens of the eye becomes cloudy. Consequently, this interferes with vision and eventually reaches the point where surgery is the only option. During cataract surgery, the old, clouded lens is removed and replaced with a new, synthetic one. To gain access to the lens, an incision is made in the cornea. Inside the eye, the lens is covered by a capsule that is clear and thin. The doctor must remove this in order to gain access to the cataract.
When doctors use the standard method to perform the surgery, handheld instruments are used to make the initial incision and to remove the capsule. Next, the old, cloudy lens is removed. This is usually done with the use of a high-frequency ultrasound. Its purpose is to break up the lens so that the pieces are small enough to allow removal from the eye. A vacuum unit is used to get the pieces out. Once access has been gained to the lens and it has been removed, the surgeon begins the process of inserting the replacement lens. The surgery is usually performed through an incision that is small enough that stitches are not necessary.
Lasers are highly concentrated light beams that, in the case of cataract surgery, can replace some of the instruments that must be held and operated by hand. This allows for a more precise initial incision as well as removal of the capsule. With laser assisted cataract surgery, once access has been gained to the lens, the laser provides a better way for its removal.
The ability lasers provide surgeons to perform the surgery with more precision also provides a greater degree of predictability regarding the outcome. This is because eliminating the need to make cuts by hand reduces the variability from one procedure to another.
If you have been told by a doctor that you may need surgery for your cataracts, you should inquire about laser assisted cataract surgery at Live Oak Ophthalmology. Our office is located in Wilmington. Contact us today to book your consultation.