Traditional Cataract Surgery
NEW Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery

The term "cataract" refers to the eye's lens becoming clouded as a normal part of the aging process. This condition occurs because over time, natural proteins in the eye's structure clump together, interfering with the normal vision process and causing vision to become cloudy or hazy.

Traditional cataract surgery is one of the safest and most common procedures that ophthalmologists perform. In traditional cataract removal, the surgeon uses a hand-held metal blade to make 2 or 3 small incisions in the edge of the cornea to gain access to the lens.

The lens capsule is manually opened in order to remove the cloudy lens material, using an ultrasonic device. An intraocular lens is then inserted into the capsule, replacing the focusing power of the cloudy natural lens.

With laser cataract surgery, a 3-D image of the eye allows the surgeon to create a plan for incisions at specific locations, depth, and length in the cornea. The laser performs the additional steps of opening the lens capsule and breaking the body of the lens into small fragments, this reduces the ultrasound energy needed to soften and remove the lens. The laser’s precision and acuracy improve each of these steps, that were formerly done by hand.


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