For a long time, cataract surgery has been an easy and effective solution for vision that has been clouded by cataracts. However, thanks to advancements in techniques and technology, cataract surgery has managed to become even easier and less invasive than before. Dr. Binoy Jani is an expert at laser assisted no-stitch (suture) cataract surgery, which helps his patients to overcome cloudy vision with minimal recovery time. In this blog, he explains what patients with cataracts should know about this exciting treatment.
What Makes Laser Assisted No-Stitch Cataract Surgery Different?
Traditional larger incision versions of cataract surgery involve making an incision to remove the eye’s cloudy lens and then replace it with an artificial lens, known as an intraocular lens (IOL). Usually, the surgeon uses a stitch to close the incision so that the eye heals properly.
With laser assisted no-stitch cataract surgery, your eye surgeon makes a smaller incision which is usually self-sealing and does not require a suture. . Phacoemulsification, a sound wave-powered ultrasound, breaks apart the eye’s natural lens and gently suctions it out. The incision itself is angled in such a way that it has an easy time closing on its own. Specifically, the eye’s fluids put pressure on the incision point to seal it shut with no need for stitches.
Advantages of Laser Assisted No-Stitch Cataract Surgery
Without stitches, the eye heals quicker, shortening the total recovery time. Many patients are fine to resume normal activities within a day or two. There is less foreign body sensation in the eye post-surgery.
Moreover, research suggests that patients have better vision after this form of cataract surgery since this technique may not distort the eye.
Even with a smaller incision and no stitches, ophthalmologists can use premium IOLs that correct refractive errors like astigmatism. Because these IOLs are flexible, an ophthalmologist can insert them while compact and then make them full size once placed behind the iris (the colored part of the eye).
Speak to a Top Cataract Surgeon in Fredericksburg and Culpeper
If cataracts are impairing your vision, cataract surgery is your best solution for achieving clearer vision. To learn more about laser assisted no-stitch cataract surgery and other advancements in this field, consult with our leading ophthalmologist Dr. Jani. To make an appointment at Vista Eye Specialists, please call 1-888-393-5264.