Laser Cataract Surgery

What is laser cataract surgery?

Portrait of happy couple on sofa. Woman is embracing man from behind. They are at brightly lit home.Advanced laser cataract surgery uses the LenSx laser from Alcon, the latest technology in ocular imaging, to guide a specialized laser in delivering the most precise surgical results. This laser is a computer-controlled femtosecond laser which assists the surgeon in performing the most delicate parts of the cataract procedure. High-definition imaging helps the surgeon customize each patient’s surgical treatment to their eye’s unique anatomy. Femtosecond lasers are a proven technology, having been used for over a decade in corneal eye surgery like LASIK. Advances in imaging and computer technology have increased its precision and accuracy and have allowed for its expanded use in cataract surgery.

Are cataracts only found in older people?

Although cataracts are most prevalent the older one gets, starting around the age of 50, there can be a few other factors in developing cataracts. Many people can develop cataracts earlier in life when exposed to cataract causing factors including traumatic injuries to the eye, past eye surgery, or medical conditions such as diabetes. Even some babies can be born with cataracts.

How is laser cataract surgery different from traditional cataract surgery?

Patients who choose laser cataract surgery have a higher instance of being independent from glasses, at least part-time, over those who have traditional cataract surgery. By using a laser, the surgery corrects astigmatism within a certain range, and may be paired with a lifestyle/premium lens to achieve such independence.

Am I a good candidate for laser cataract surgery?

Anyone that has a visually significant cataract, and wants the latest technology to provide the most complete correction of their vision, should consider laser cataract surgery. It provides high-definition imaging to the surgeon that is not available during traditional cataract surgery. Combining these live images and preoperative measurements, the laser cataract surgeon is able to designs an individualized treatment. The computer generated treatment is performed using the precision of a specialized laser. Patients who want to have partial or complete freedom from glasses can particularly benefit from this surgery.

What would prevent me from getting laser cataract surgery?

Prior to laser cataract surgery being recommended, patients will go through a candidacy process during their cataract evaluation which is made up of 3 ancillary tests. If the testing reveals conditions that can compromise vision, the pupils do not dilate adequately, or if the cornea has significant opacities, laser cataract surgery may be contraindicated.

How can I prepare for laser cataract surgery?

Prior to cataract surgery, the patient will have an extensive consultation with their Precision Vision surgeon, then talk to the surgery coordinator. The surgery coordinator will provide verbal and written instructions detailing how the patient should prepare for surgery; some of these instructions include: the importance of beginning and continuing eye drops, making sure to discontinue certain medications prior to treatment, and proper grooming the day of the surgery, such as not wearing any makeup the day of surgery.

Does laser cataract surgery hurt?

Cataract surgery in general has a very low incidence of discomfort and/or pain. With laser cataract surgery, the eye is numbed with eye drops to make the patient feel more comfortable before the surgery begins. Often patients will only report instances of a “pressure-like” feeling during the surgery, which is caused by the device used to keep the eye open, as well as the irrigating solution used to pressurize the eye.

What are some possible side effects of treatment?

As with any surgery, cataract surgery poses some side effects/risks including bleeding, infection, and in the most extreme cases, the loss of vision. More commonly, patients may experience redness, irritation, temporary foggy vision, floaters, and tearing. To reduce such risks, the surgeon may have patients stop using certain medications, begin a series of eye drops before surgery, and continue using those drops for a couple weeks after surgery.

Will I need glasses after my cataract surgery?

Patients who have traditional cataract surgery with a monofocal lens will most likely need glasses at least part-time after cataract surgery. However, Patients who have LenSx Laser cataract surgery combined with a premium lens, designed to give a more full range of vision, have the best chance of being independent of glasses.

Once removed, is my cataract permanently gone?

Once the cataract has been surgically removed, it will not return. Patients that have cataract surgery will only need a single treatment per eye. However, cataract surgery does not prevent the onset of other eye diseases or conditions that could limit vision.

What is the recovery process like after cataract surgery?

The recovery process is not very long, allowing patient to return to their normal activities within the first 48 hours after surgery. We just ask that patients refrain from rubbing their eyes and avoid getting anything into their eye other than the indicated eye drops.

What is Precision Vision’s experience with laser cataract surgery?

In February 2013, Darrell Pickard, MD was the first surgeon to perform laser cataract surgery in Oklahoma City. As of December 2014, he has provided over 600 patients with advanced laser cataract surgery using the LenSx laser. Dr. Pickard and Dr. Jones perform eye surgery in our Midwest City and the Oklahoma City locations. “I’ve performed over 12,000 traditional cataract surgeries using a blade to manually make the small incisions” says Dr. Pickard. “After investigating this technology, I’m in agreement with other thought leaders in Ophthalmology that LenSx offers patients the most advanced treatment for cataracts. As a refractive cataract surgeon, I not only want to safely eliminate the cataract but to also deliver the best vision possible to my patients after cataract surgery.”

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If you are considering laser cataract surgery, contact our Midwest City office today! Call (405) 733-4545 to schedule a consultation now!