Why Does Cataract Surgery Have Such a High Success Rate?

Posted on Tuesday, April 6th, 2021 by Dr. Binoy Jani

Cataract Surgery in Fredericksburg & Culpeper, VA

Cataract surgery is one of the most common surgeries performed around the world, and it has a very high success rate. The risk of complications is low and in most cases, the outcomes are extremely favorable.

If you are wondering why cataract surgery is so successful, the team at Vista Eye Specialists has you covered. Read on as we explain some of the factors that make cataract surgery a low-risk, high-reward procedure.

Laser Technology

Perhaps one of the most important and exciting advances in cataract surgery was the introduction of the femtosecond laser. The use of a state-of-the-art laser has allowed Dr.  Jani to enhance the safety profile of an already safe, routine procedure.

Traditional cataract surgery involved using a scalpel to create the initial incisions in the eye and then applying high-frequency ultrasound energy to break up the cloudy lens. Though effective, these tools and techniques could not offer the precision and predictability of a laser. In the past decade, many surgeons, including Dr. Jani, have enhanced traditional surgical instruments and techniques with the use of femtosecond lasers.

In preparation for laser-assisted cataract surgery, Dr. Jani scans the eye to map out its surface and shape and gather information about the lens. This data is used to create a three-dimensional map that helps guide treatment. The femtosecond laser is calibrated to the unique measurements of the individual patient’s eye, and it makes precise incisions at a specific location and depth. Dr. Jani also uses the laser to soften and fragment the cloudy lens.

Since the laser is guided by a computer, it offers greater accuracy and consistency than traditional techniques. Also, by requiring less energy than ultrasound technology, the laser facilitates a gentler and easier cataract removal with minimal post-operative swelling and inflammation. Dr. Jani is the ONLY premium cataract surgeon in central Virginia to offer femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery to his patients.

Advanced IOLs

Laser technology is not the only factor that makes modern cataract surgery so successful. The high success rate can also be attributed to the wide range of advanced intraocular lenses (IOLs) from which patients can choose.

Every cataract patient’s situation is different. Some are satisfied with good near vision after surgery and willing to wear glasses for distance vision (or vice versa). Others want clear vision at all distances and freedom from glasses. Thanks to the array of exciting IOL options available today, Dr. Jani can help every patient find the lens that is ideal for his or her lifestyle, budget, and personal preferences.

For more information about advanced IOL options or the use of lasers in cataract surgery, please schedule a consultation with our team. Call us toll free at 1-888-EYE-JANI (1-888-393-5264) or email us today.