What Is Laser Cataract Surgery?
Classified as an opacity of the natural lens of the eye, cataracts typically start to form after a person reaches 40 years of age. Since cataracts are clouded spots within the lens itself, the lens must be taken out and exchanged with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) to fully restore the patient’s eye health and clear sight. Laser cataract surgery employs the latest technology, which can digitally diagram the eye’s surface to apply a more delicate, laser incision, significantly reducing the chances for complications. At Focal Point Vision in San Antonio, TX, our board-certified ophthalmologists utilize the LENSAR laser system to expertly remove a cataract and replace the damaged lens with the correct IOL for you.
What Are The Benefits Of Laser Cataract Surgery?
Laser cataract surgery in San Antonio, TX at Focal Point Vision offers multiple great benefits to treat your cataracts and improve vision, including:
- Higher precision
- Consistent, predictable results
- Gentler than traditional cataract surgery
- Reduced risk for corneal swelling
- Corrects astigmatism
- Recovery is easier and quicker
Laser Cataract Surgery FAQ
Is laser cataract surgery safe?
Laser cataract surgery is an extremely safe and effective way to treat cataracts. In fact, it is one of the most commonly performed surgeries in the U.S. Our board-certified ophthalmologists have years of experience performing laser cataract surgery, and we use the most advanced technology available to ensure your safety and satisfaction.
What restrictions will I have after cataract surgery?
Focal Point Vision will provide a detailed list of post-operative instructions after laser cataract surgery. In general, patients should avoid rubbing or putting pressure on their eyes. Refrain from driving until you have been cleared by our team. It is also important to avoid exposing your eyes to direct sunlight following the procedure.
Does laser cataract surgery hurt?
Laser cataract surgery is a painless procedure because we use numbing agents prior to treatment. Most patients report feeling no discomfort during surgery and experience only minor side effects afterward. Symptoms subside in just a short period and should not interfere with daily activities. Our San Antonio, TX clinic is equipped with the latest technology to ensure your comfort and safety.
How is Laser Cataract Surgery Done?
About an hour before laser cataract surgery, a member of our team completely anesthetizes the patient’s eyes with specialized eye drops. Laser cataract surgery has the same goal as the traditional method, but we use innovative laser technology in the form of the LENSAR laser system to locate the best incision site, create the incision, and destroy the cataract. This advanced device plots an incredibly detailed map of the eye, meaning the lasers can determine the exact site of the cataract. Once the cataract is disintegrated and removed, we insert your new lens. Thanks to its unprecedented efficiency, laser cataract surgery technology gives striking outcomes with a shorter recovery period than traditional surgery.
Preparing For Cataract Surgery
Am I A Candidate For Laser Cataract Surgery?
When not treated properly, cataracts can significantly impact your daily life and eventually cause a total loss of vision. However, by choosing laser cataract surgery at Focal Point Vision, you could eliminate your cataracts and dramatically improve your vision. Our team invites those who are living with cataracts to visit our San Antonio, TX office as soon as possible for an evaluation with our board-certified ophthalmologists, during which they can discuss each of your possible options and find out if laser cataract surgery is right for you.