If a cataract interferes with your vision and affects daily activities, you may need cataract surgery. The board-certified surgeons at Pennsylvania Surgery and Laser Center perform advanced laser cataract surgery at their state-of-the-art facility in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. To learn more about the benefits of laser cataract surgery, call the office.
A cataract causes the lens of your eye, which is normally clear, to become cloudy. Cataracts can make it seem like you’re viewing the world through a foggy window.
Cataract surgery involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with a clear artificial lens, called an intraocular lens (IOL). There are various types of IOLs.
Your eye surgeon at Pennsylvania Surgery and Laser Center discusses the options and helps you decide the best type for you.
Cataracts typically develop slowly and don’t impair your vision early on. At first, treatment may involve stronger prescription lenses or increasing the lighting in your home.
Eventually, the cataract affects your vision. When this interferes with normal activities, your ophthalmologist may recommend cataract surgery.
The ophthalmologic surgeons at Pennsylvania Surgery and Laser Center opt for laser cataract surgery. This advanced procedure uses a femtosecond laser to bring superior precision to cataract surgery.
Laser cataract surgery uses sophisticated technology called optical coherence tomography (OCT) to create a 3-D image of your eye. Your surgeon uses the OCT and a femtosecond laser to create an incision in a specific location with precise length and depth.
Not only does this increase the accuracy of the incision, but it promotes the eye tissues to seal at the end of the procedure. This reduces the risk of infection.
Laser cataract surgery occurs on-site at Pennsylvania Surgery and Laser Center. Your surgeon numbs your eye with drops or an injection, but you remain awake throughout the procedure. They may also give you medicine to help you relax.
Your surgeon carefully removes the cloudy lens with a laser and then puts your new IOL in its place. Most cataract surgeries seal on their own and don’t require stitches.
After surgery, you rest in a recovery area for 15-30 minutes. You will need to have someone drive you home from the surgery center.
If you’re thinking about cataract surgery, call Pennsylvania Surgery and Laser Center.