Ophthalmologists perform almost 4 million cataract surgeries every year in the United States, making it one of the most common procedures for those 65 and up. Experts widely regard cataract surgery as safe and reliable, and cutting-edge laser techniques increase precision and improve results even more. At Clewner & Kelly Eye Center, the team of talented ophthalmic surgery specialists, including Lawrence Clewner, MD, and William Kelly, MD, performs laser cataract surgery to expertly restore your eyesight. To learn more, call the Boca Raton, Florida, office or click on the online appointment scheduler now.
Laser cataract surgery is the most advanced approach to cataract removal. In traditional cataract surgery, your ophthalmic surgeon makes a small corneal incision using a scalpel.
Then, they access the eye lens capsule behind your pupil to break the lens up using ultrasonic energy. Your surgeon uses suction to remove the old lens, and then uses the same entry point to place your new intraocular lens.
Laser cataract surgery is more precise because your surgeon uses a state-of-the-art digital imaging device to map your corneal surface and eye lens. This information then programs the laser for surgery.
Your ophthalmic surgeon uses the laser to access your lens capsule, rather than a blade. Then, as with traditional cataract removal, they use an ultrasonic probe to destroy the old lens and replace it with a new intraocular lens.
Yes, laser cataract surgery can correct astigmatism, and in fact, that’s one of its main advantages. During your surgery, your surgeon can use the laser to reshape your cornea. This restores your eye to a round rather than elongated shape and corrects the astigmatism.
Cataracts often start growing in your 40s or 50s, but in most cases, it takes many years for them to significantly damage your eyesight. Congenital cataracts, those present at birth, are different because ophthalmologists typically remove them in infancy.
If your cataracts don’t cause serious vision problems, your ophthalmologist at Clewner & Kelly Eye Center may recommend keeping your contacts or glasses prescription updated, using more light to read, and other lifestyle changes to manage any minor vision issues.
You may need cataract removal if one or more of the following is true.
In general, if your cataract disrupts your normal routine in any way, for example, if you avoid driving because it’s hard to see, it’s time to schedule a cataract surgery consultation at Clewner & Kelly Eye Center.
It depends on your refractive errors and the type of intraocular lens you choose. Standard intraocular lenses correct your vision at one distance, essentially replacing standard glasses or contacts. But, with a standard intraocular lens you may still need reading glasses after cataract surgery.
Premium intraocular lenses can correct more than one refractive error, so you might not need reading glasses with these lens types.
Call Clewner & Kelly Eye Center or click on the appointment scheduler to book your laser cataract surgery consultation now.