The Difference Between Traditional and Laser Cataract Surgery

Cataracts are a clouding of your eye’s lens. This makes it hard for the retina to successfully transmit clear images. While cataracts aren’t painful, they can lead to blurry vision and other health problems when left untreated. At Focal Point Vision in San Antonio, TX, we offer different cataract surgeries to help restore our patients’ vision. During a consultation, our team can answer questions like, “What are cataracts?” and “Is laser cataract surgery better than traditional cataract surgery?” Find out more about cataracts and cataract surgery here.

Signs of a cataract

There are many symptoms associated with having cataracts. Some common signs of cataracts include:

  • Blurry or clouded vision

  • Double vision

  • Difficulty seeing at night

  • Fading colors

  • Halos around lights

  • Bright light sensitivity

  • Difficulty reading, even with bright light

If you suspect that you may have cataracts, it’s important to schedule an appointment with our professionals at Focal Point Vision for a diagnosis in San Antonio, TX.

How do cataracts affect vision?

When cataracts aren’t treated and progress, our team may recommend surgery to remove them effectively. During cataract surgery, your eye’s lens is removed and replaced with a clear artificial lens implant, known as an intraocular lens (IOL). We offer both traditional and laser cataract surgeries in San Antonio, TX. While the implant will improve your vision, it won’t change how your eye looks. At a consultation, we can determine which IOL implant will benefit your eye health best. Implants are meant to last a lifetime, as they are made of biocompatible materials that don't bother your eye or break down.

Benefits of laser surgery versus traditional cataract surgery

Laser cataract surgery offers many benefits compared to more traditional cataract surgery. During laser cataract surgery, our team gets a high-resolution 3-D view of a patient’s eyes, allowing them to customize cataract treatment for each patient. We also can more precisely place your intraocular lens in your eyes, which means you get better results. Overall, laser surgery is safer than other technology on the market. This non-contact treatment doesn’t touch the corneal surface, which means patients experience less irritation and redness after surgery.

Will my insurance cover laser cataract surgery?

Laser cataract surgery isn’t always covered by insurance. Our team can assess each patient’s financial obligations during a consultation. We can review your insurance coverage with you and offer affordable payment options if your surgery isn’t covered.

Schedule a consultation to learn more about traditional and laser cataract surgeries

When you suspect you have cataracts and are looking for eye surgeries to improve your vision, our professional team at Focal Point Vision can help. Our vision professionals offer consultations to those looking to learn more about laser and traditional surgeries. After a thorough eye exam, we can determine if you’re a candidate for cataract surgery. From there, we can help you choose between traditional or laser cataract surgery in San Antonio, TX. To schedule an appointment with our professional vision team, call our office today.

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