Cataract surgery is one of the safest and most successful surgical procedures performed today. Millions of patients whose vision has been compromised by a clouded natural lens have been able to enjoy clear, crisp vision thanks to cataract surgery and advanced artificial intraocular lens (IOL) technology.
As a leading ophthalmologist serving Fredericksburg, Culpeper and the surrounding areas, Dr. Binoy R. Jani stays abreast of the latest technological and surgical advances in cataract surgery. By utilizing the same femtosecond laser technology that has made LASIK surgery so successful, Dr. Jani and Vista Eye Specialists are able to enhance the safety, precision and predictability of cataract surgery.
About Femto Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery
Like traditional cataract surgery, laser-assisted cataract surgery is performed with the goal of removing the cataract diseased lens and replacing it with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). Unlike traditional cataract surgery, laser-assisted surgery does not use handheld instruments to perform key steps in the cataract removal process. Instead, this method utilizes bladeless, computer-controlled precision to achieve enhanced results.
To begin, a detailed map of the eye will be created using advanced technology called optical coherence tomography (OCT). The map is used to guide the femtosecond laser when creating small, precise incisions on the natural lens and a centered circular opening in the lens capsule. The next step is to remove the cataract. Traditional cataract surgery uses ultrasound energy to break up the cataract diseased lens. In laser-assisted cataract surgery, the laser is used to gently soften and break up the cataract into small pieces for easier removal. Once removed, the natural lens is replaced with an IOL selected based on your visual needs and lifestyle.
Laser-assisted cataract surgery can be completed in approximately 10 to 20 minutes. Recovery is short, as most patients are able to resume normal activities the following day and notice an improvement in their vision within 24 hours.
What Are the Benefits of Femtosecond Laser Cataract Surgery?
Safety: Traditional cataract surgery is a very safe and successful procedure. However, using a handheld blade and other instruments can carry a small degree of risk. Using a computer-guided laser in place of the handheld instruments can eliminate the risks associated with manual instruments. In addition, using a laser along with ultrasound energy to fragment (soften) the cataract minimizes complications such as swelling and inflammation.
Accuracy: In our experience, the use of a laser has allowed for optimal precision in the cataract removal process and thus more predictable outcomes. Additionally, the precision of the laser when creating the incision to access the lens capsule minimizes healing time.
Visual Results: The use of a computer-guided laser allows for better centering and positioning of the IOL, which leads to better visual outcomes. Numerous studies have found that laser cataract surgery patients are more likely to see clearly sooner and without visual aids after recovering from their procedure.
Both traditional and laser-assisted cataract surgeries are safe and have a high success record. Our team can discuss the benefits and limitations of each and determine which one is best for you during your initial consultation.
Financing Your Femto Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery
The price of cataract surgery is determined on a case-by-case basis. Our team can give you an accurate estimate during your initial consultation. Vista Eye is committed to helping patients achieve clear eyesight and optimal visual health. We are pleased to offer INTEREST FREE (0 percent) financing with CareCredit, a healthcare payment program that allows patients to make affordable monthly payments tailored to their budget. Speak to a member of our team today to learn more about financing your cataract surgery.
Schedule an appointment with Vista Eye by calling 1-888-EYE-JANI (393-5264) today.