Cataract surgery is a procedure that removes the natural lens inside of the eye and replaces it with an intraocular lens (IOL.) Cataract surgery is widely accepted as a safe and routine procedure, not to mention it is one of the most performed procedures in the world. At Bowden Eye & Associates, we proudly offer premier cataract surgery services to our patients throughout the Jacksonville areas.
What to Expect From Cataract Surgery
At our Jacksonville surgical facility, eye drops will be put into your eye to dilate the pupil. The area around your eye will be washed and cleansed. After the proper anesthesia and numbing of the eye your cataract surgeon will create a small incision in your eye about 3mm wide. Modern day cataract surgery is also called microsurgery because the incision sizes have become so small. Luckily, cataract surgery is one of the safest and most performed surgeries. Ninety percent of patients that undergo cataract surgery report significantly improved vision afterward. The surgery only lasts for about an hour.
Once the incision is made, the cataract surgeon will insert a probe to break up the cloudy cataract and then proceed to remove the material. A suction tube will remove all of the loose debris and the capsular bag is prepared for the artificial IOL implant. The foldable IOL is then inserted through a tube and unfolds once in place. Intraocular lenses will have haptics and “lens arms” to hold it in place. With the cataract removed and the IOL in place, light can once again travel unimpeded to the back of the eye and focus on the retina where the image is interpreted and transmitted to the brain. There are many types of IOLs to choose from, and your cataract surgeon will determine which is best for you. Many patients report that their eyesight after cataract surgery is even better than before they developed cataracts! The end result is a clear, youthful vision.
Gone are the days of long hospital stays for cataract surgery. Our cataract services not only make sure you get the most premier team of Jacksonville cataract surgeons, but we also give you the latest technology the cataract field has to offer. Improvements in this surgical field have made this a very short procedure where most recovery can occur at home.
What is Laser Cataract Surgery?
Have cataracts that are making it hard to enjoy your favorite activities? You’ve likely talked to your eye doctor about when you should have cataract surgery. But did you know that Bowden Eye & Associates in Jacksonville, Florida offers laser cataract surgery as well? Like traditional cataract surgery, laser cataract surgery is an effective and reliable procedure. There are some differences, so keep reading to find out if laser cataract surgery could be right for you!
Laser-assisted cataract surgery is a procedure that removes cataracts. This is with the help of lasers and state-of-the-art technology. This in turn leads to more precise results for patients! Like traditional cataract surgery, laser cataract surgery focuses on removing cataracts. With a cataract, the natural lens in your eye can become cloudy or distorted over time.
This happens because proteins in the eye begin drifting towards the middle of the lens. Once they have migrated to the middle of your lens, they start clumping together. This clump is the cataract and it eventually leads to loss of vision. With laser cataract surgery, an ultrasound imaging device is placed over your eye.
This maps out your eye and shows your cataract surgeon exactly where the incisions need to go. They then use a femtosecond laser to make small incisions on your cornea. Once the incisions have been made, your surgeon will start breaking up your cataract. Next, a process called phacoemulsification uses an ultrasonic probe. This suctions out the pieces of the cataract and your lens. Once all the pieces of the cataract are accounted for, an IOL is then implanted. An IOL, or intraocular lens takes over as the new lens in your eye.
Having an IOL means that you’ll see better than before you had laser cataract surgery! There are many different kinds of IOLs to choose from, so be sure to discuss your choices before!
Is Laser Cataract Surgery Better than Traditional Cataract Surgery?
When it comes to comparing the two procedures, it depends on your lifestyle needs. Laser cataract surgery is usually better for patients with astigmatism or refractive errors. This is because laser cataract surgery can fix refractive errors to a higher degree. Another important factor when it comes to laser cataract surgery is precision. Because your cataract surgeon uses a map of your eye, they can deliver even more precise results!
It’s important to note that the experience of your cataract surgeon is crucial as well. If you have an inexperienced surgeon for laser cataract surgery, you may not get the best results. Laser cataract surgery is a premium procedure, meaning it’s not usually covered by insurance. If you have the budget and want the most precise results, laser cataract surgery may be right for you!
Life after Laser Cataract Surgery
Like any surgical procedure, there is a recovery period after laser cataract surgery. It’s key to take it easy while you’re recovering! It’s normal for your vision to be a little blurry or distorted. Make sure to take all drops as your doctor prescribed them. The eye drops help with inflammation and keep your eyes from getting infected. It can take about 3 full months to recover from laser cataract surgery. Most patients find that their vision begins stabilizing soon after laser cataract surgery. It’s worth it to have clear, vibrant vision and be able to see the world again!
We’re a Leader in Laser Cataract Surgery in Jacksonville, Florida.
“It gives us more accuracy and precision in performing some of the critical steps of cataract surgery. There’s nothing wrong with traditional surgery when it’s done well, but studies have shown using the laser compared to the manual technique has improved outcomes.”
Sarah Darbandi, MD
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