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Laser Cataract Surgery at Clay Eye
If you are like most patients first starting to experience the onset of cataracts, you might not even be aware you have cataracts. Many people will suffer for years with cataracts as they “ripen” and mature with cloudiness. Most cataract patients complain about a dullness of colors and night driving problems. Cataracts will gradually limit a person’s ability to do simple and basic lifestyle things like reading a paper, driving, seeing road signs and even exercising. About 50% of people over the age of 60, and many younger than that, suffer from cataracts. In fact, cataracts are so common, it is said that everyone will develop a cataract if they live long enough.
Laser Cataract Surgery used to be a very complicated procedure; but with the advent of phacoemulsification pioneered by Charles Kelman in the late 1960s and early 1970s, modern cataract surgery is much safer, simpler and effective. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, more than 3 million people have cataract surgery each year. It has become one of the most common medical surgeries performed in the United States. Now, with modern Laser Cataract Surgery techniques, it has become outpatient procedure which typically takes about 10-15 minutes to complete per case. The surgeons at Clay Eye are all excellent surgical ophthalmologists, well skilled in Laser Cataract Surgery and lifestyle lens implantation. They can explain the various vision correction options for after Laser Cataract Surgery and can explain how to put you on a path to seeing better without complete dependence on glasses.
Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery
Traditional cataract surgery has always involved the use of a diamond blade to create several small incisions during the procedure. With LenSx, these incisions are now made with a laser. This technology allows our surgeons to plan and perform cataract surgeries with laser precision.
With this advanced technology, surgeons experience more control and precision; plus, LenSx features real-time diagnostic tools for an accurate visual of what’s going on inside the eye during the procedure.
When used in conjunction with one of our premium intraocular lenses, LenSx offers patients even more visual freedom from glasses after cataract surgery, helping maintain clear vision at all ranges of vision.
At your cataract consultation, you will be educated on the traditional blade-based approach and the LenSx laser-assisted approach to cataract surgery so that the best decision can be made for your situation and goals.
Will cataract surgeries only be done by the LenSx laser from now on?
- Your physician will decide the best technology for you based on your specific condition.
- In some cases, traditional cataract surgery may be required; in others LenSx will be the preferred choice.
What are the advantages of LenSx vs. traditional cataract surgery?
- Precision: LenSx Automates the most challenging procedures in cataract surgery. It creates the highest level of precision available with a cool laser instead of a blade.
- Control-LenSx offers real time images to guide the surgeon for proper alignment.
- Better astigmatism management than traditional methods.
How does LenSx reduce or eliminate astigmatism?
- The LenSx laser places incisions on the cornea in specific areas to “relax” the eye to a more round shape (like a basketball)
What should I expect after surgery?
- The ability to see more clearly.
- You may begin noticing the improvement in as little as 24 hours.
How long does the LenSx laser procedure last?
- At Clay Eye, Laser Cataract Surgery with the LenSx is an outpatient procedure taking an average of 10-15 minutes.