Today’s cataract surgery is considered to be one of the safest and most successful procedures performed in medicine. Now, a technological breakthrough with femtosecond laser technology has significantly improved the precision of cataract surgery and allows surgeons to customize the procedure to each patient’s unique eye structure. The laser uses computer guided imaging with over 10,000 scans to produce a highly detailed and customized image of the eye. This image is the basis for the treatment plan and laser control. Laser assisted cataract surgery is now offered by the surgeons at Milwaukee Eye Care, and our patients have access to an unparalleled level of accuracy and precision during their surgery.
What is Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery?
During cataract surgery, the femtosecond laser is used to perform several of the most critical steps traditionally done manually by the surgeon. First, the laser creates extremely fine, stair-step incisions that are so precise they seal themselves without the need for sutures. The laser also creates a round opening in the lens membrane called a “capsulotomy” allowing cataract removal and exact placement of the intraocular lens, or IOL. Additionally, the laser softens the cataract so it can be gently removed from the eye. This allows the procedure to be less traumatic to the eye and results in less inflammation.
For patients who present with mild to moderate astigmatism, our cataract surgeons can also use the same laser to make microscopic incisions in the outer margins of the cornea to treat their astigmatism. This option is especially beneficial for patients who want to reduce their dependence on glasses after cataract surgery.
What are the Benefits of Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery?
- A highly customized treatment using advanced 3D imaging
- A more precise treatment
- A gentler cataract removal
- Generally, a more rapid visual recovery due to reduced inflammation
- Mild to moderate astigmatism can be corrected.
Am I a suitable candidate for laser cataract surgery?
In our experience, most cataract patients are suitable patients for laser cataract surgery. Our eye doctors and support staff will discuss your candidacy in more detail during your cataract evaluation exam.
Know Your Cataract Surgery Options
Knowing all of your options is crucial when considering cataract surgery. Traditional cataract surgery has worked for many years and is still a great option for our patients in the hands of our skilled surgeons, but there is now an option that further enhances the outcome of your cataract surgery! Laser assisted cataract surgery allows us to give our patients access to the latest advances in ocular surgery.
To schedule an appointment for a cataract evaluation at our Bayside, Brookfield, Franklin, or Milwaukee East Side location, please call 414-271-2020. Our Milwaukee Eye Care doctors will be with you every step of the way and help you make the most informed decision.