Frequently Asked Questions about Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery

Posted on Tuesday, June 12th, 2018 by Dr. Binoy Jani

More and more cataract surgeons are embracing breakthrough technology and offering patients a choice in their treatment. Although conventional cataract surgery is  safe and successful, surgeons like Dr. Binoy R. Jani of Vista Eye Specialists are also seeing excellent outcomes with laser-assisted cataract surgery. Dr. Jani is the only board-certified eye surgeon offering laser-assisted cataract surgery in central Virginia. 

What is laser-assisted cataract surgery?

Laser-assisted cataract surgery involves using an advanced femtosecond laser as opposed to handheld instruments to complete several steps of the cataract removal process.

Why would someone opt for laser cataract surgery?

Laser cataract surgery eliminates some of the concerns associated with traditional cataract surgery for white cataracts, dense cataracts and traumatic cataracts. It offers patients greater peace of mind by reducing some of the risks of surgery. It is also more precise in some aspects and can deliver more accurate and predictable outcomes.

What happens during laser-assisted cataract surgery?

First, the laser is used to create the incisions in the cornea (clear covering of the eye), which allows for the removal of the eye’s lens and the insertion of the artificial replacement lens. The laser creates an opening in the clear capsule or membrane that holds the cloudy lens. Then, the laser softens and breaks up the cloudy lens, and the pieces are removed from the eye.

What are the benefits of using a laser to complete these steps?

There are many benefits. For example, in laser cataract surgery, the initial corneal incision is carefully planned out using a three-dimensional image of the eye. The laser is specifically calibrated to create the incision at a pre-determined location, depth and length. This makes it more likely that the incision will seal itself after surgery without the need for stitches and with a lower risk of infection. Dr Jani utilizes a “fingerprint” of your eye to provide the most advanced laser cataract surgery reducing astigmatism and dependence on glasses or contact lenses.

How much does laser cataract surgery cost?

Laser cataract surgery cost is usually discussed during an in-person consultation with a cataract surgeon.

Which procedure is right for me?

The best way to determine the procedure that is right for your case is to talk to a cataract surgeon like Dr. Jani about your options. He can review the pros and cons of each approach and offer his recommendations based on your needs and goals.

Book a Consultation with Dr. Jani

To learn more about laser-assisted cataract surgery and whether it is suitable for your needs, please call or email Vista Eye Specialists today.