Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery
Cataract surgery is very successful in restoring vision. In fact, it
is the most frequently performed surgery in the United States, with
over 1.5 million cataract surgeries done each year. Nine out of 10 people
who have cataract surgery regain very good vision, somewhere between
20/20 and 20/40.
Intraocular Lens: When the clouded
lens of the eye is removed during cataract surgery, a replacement for
the human lens is needed to restore focus to the eye. This implant is
called an intraocular lens.
In clear corneal cataract surgery, as developed by I. Howard Fine,
M.D., a tiny incision is made into the perimeter of the cornea on the
side of the eye which is closest to the temple. This incision provides
a corneal tunnel through which the cataract is removed and the intraocular
lens is implanted. It is the architecture of this incision that makes
it self sealing, thus requiring no stitches.
Who is a good candidate?
Think about surgery when your cataracts have progressed enough to seriously
impair your vision and affect your daily life. Many people consider
poor vision an inevitable fact of aging, but cataract surgery is a simple,
relatively painless procedure to regain vision.
Related Information About Cataracts:
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Commonly Asked Questions:
Are you one of the millions of men who take Flomax?
If so, you should make sure to alert your eye physician. Flomax has been associated with extra difficulty during cataract surgery and requires extra preparation to ensure a good outcome. Tell your doctor if you take Flomax.
Are cataracts found only in older people?
Most cataracts develop as part of the aging process, from a change
in the chemical composition of the lens. They don't usually become a
problem until your 60s or 70s.
Cataracts can also occur at a younger age from any number of causes:
an eye injury (even many years earlier), certain eye diseases (such
as uveitis), medical conditions (such as diabetes), heredity, birth
defect, some medications (such as steroids - even if just used in an
inhaler), excessive alcohol consumption, and smoking.
How do I know when I need surgery for my cataracts?
When your cataracts have progressed enough to seriously impair your
vision and affect your daily life.
Am I a good candidate for an intraocular lens
If your symptoms are impairing your vision and affecting your daily
life, it might be time to talk to your eye care professional. Make
an appointment here.
How soon after surgery will I see well?
If you have an intraocular lens (IOL) implanted during surgery, normal
vision should be restored within a few weeks.
Will my insurance cover cataract surgery?
Most health care coverage plans do cover cataract surgery. Find out
if your coverage plan requires a referral or prior authorization.
out more about it here.