Have you been told you have a cataract? Want to know more about your treatment options? The experienced cataract surgeons at Raleigh Ophthalmology have performed thousands of cataract surgeries and are excited to help you achieve better vision!
At your initial consult, you will meet with your cataract surgeon who will assess the severity of your cataracts and will discuss with you how your vision is affecting your quality of life and your activities of daily living. This will help your surgeon determine if you are a candidate for cataract surgery and how the surgery can be customized to meet your specific needs. At Raleigh Ophthalmology, we offer excited to offer the latest, most state-of-the art treatment options to our patients. Your cataract surgeon will discuss with you the type of technology and lens implant options that might best suit your needs.
Standard vs. Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery
What is right for you?
Are you planning on having cataract surgery? If so, there are two types of surgical procedures for you to pick from: Standard and Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery. Here are a few things that you should know about both kinds of cataract surgery. Set up an appointment today to talk to one of our ophthalmologists to decide which solution will best fit you.
Traditional cataract surgery
A small blade is used to create several small incisions in the cornea in order to gain access to the cataract. Next, a small opening is made into the “shell” or capsule that holds the cataract in place just behind the colored part of your eye, the iris. Ultrasound or “phacoemulsification” technology is then used to break the cataract into small pieces, which are then removed from the eye.
Laser-assisted cataract surgery
Certain steps of the surgery that were once performed by hand are now automated by laser technology. Laser technology using the LenSx machine can allow for much greater precision and reliability during these steps of the procedure. Because the laser breaks up the cataract into small pieces, much less ultrasound energy is typically used to remove the cataract when compared to traditional cataract surgery, which can help protect other delicate structures of the eye including the cornea. Special incisions called limbal relaxing incisions (LRI) can also be made using the laser, which can reduce more astigmatism than traditional cataract surgery.
Which surgical procedure has a shorter recovery time?
The recovery time for traditional and laser-assisted cataract surgery are both the same. Some patients will notice they can see clearly almost immediately, while others will start to notice clearer vision within a week or two. No matter which surgical option you go with it will take about 3 months to fully recover from cataract surgery.
What do you want from cataract surgery?
For some people, replacing their cloudy lens with a clear implant and having to wear glasses for some activities is acceptable. Others do not want to rely on glasses at all and want the best vision possible. Your vision expectations can help you and your ophthalmologist decide which solution is best for you.
What are the advantages of LenSx vs. traditional cataract surgery?
- Precision: LenSx automates some of the most crucial steps of cataract surgery
- Control: LenSx offers real-time images to guide the surgeon for proper alignment
- Less ultrasound energy used to remove the cataract
- Better astigmatism management than traditional methods
Call 919.782.5400 to schedule an appointment and find out if you are a candidate for cataract surgery.