Laser Cataract Surgery in Brooklyn, NY
Laser cataract surgery is one of the most advanced and highly effective tools available to improve vision. Laser treatments offer numerous benefits. They are very reliable in improving vision. They are also much safer and more accurate than other methods. If you are suffering from vision loss due to cataracts, you may have more options than you realize. When you come in to see our eye surgeon in Brooklyn, we may discuss laser cataract surgery as one of your options.
How Does a Laser Treat Cataracts?
Laser technology has become very precise and effective. During eye surgery, our team will use this technology in several ways. First, it can be used alongside a handheld surgical tool to make an incision in the cornea and to soften the lens cataract, making it easier to remove. The laser can also be used to treat astigmatism during the procedure. We use lasers because they reduce risks, improve outcomes, and even help patients to heal faster.
What to Expect from Laser Cataract Surgery?
Cataract surgery is complex but not necessarily lengthy. The procedure involves creating an incision in the cornea to gain access to the interior of the eye. It is then possible to break up and remove the cataract itself. The surgeon then inserts an intraocular lens. This implanted lens can help eliminate or reduce the need for eyeglasses after surgery.
Cataract surgery using lasers can be more precise than surgery using manual instruments. During the procedure, after making a bladeless incision in the cornea, the surgeon performs an anterior capsulotomy. This provides access to the cataract beneath the top of the lens capsule. Using a laser enables the surgeon to ensure that the capsule remains intact, protecting your vision and your eye health.
Laser-guided cataract surgery can involve several steps, depending on your diagnosis and needs. During this surgery, the surgeon can often fix other vision concerns, as well, including astigmatisms. Our goal is to provide you with the highest level of care possible with the fewest risks.
Is laser cataract surgery safe?
Cataract surgery is one of the most common surgeries in the U.S. with over 3 million Americans opting to have this procedure every year. Using lasers for the flap incision, to soften the cataract, and to make peripheral incisions (if necessary) adds a higher degree of safety. Clinical studies have shown that the circular opening made to access and remove the cataract is approximately 10 times more accurate when performed with a laser than what is achieved with a human hand. Also, less ultrasound energy is required with laser cataract surgery, and this quickens the patient’s recovery.
This is an incredibly safe procedure, and the FDA has approved the femtosecond laser specifically for this surgery.
Am I a good candidate for laser cataract surgery?
There’s no reason to avoid cataract surgery to remove your clouded lens. This is an incredibly successful procedure across the world, and at New York Vision, our use of a femtosecond laser to make the necessary incisions make it even more precise. If you have these symptoms of cataracts, this is a great procedure to return crystal clear vision:
- Decreased color vibrancy
- Blurred vision
- Poor night vision
- Increased glare
- Halos surrounding lights
- Double vision
- Frequently changing eyeglass prescription
- A feeling there is a film over the eye
Also, the options for the intraocular lens to replace your cataract continue to become more and more technically advanced. You can now choose IOLs that can focus at all distances, correct for presbyopia, and correct for astigmatism.
What will recovery be like after laser cataract surgery?
After your brief surgery, we’ll place an eye patch on your treated eye. We provide you with a protective shield to wear when sleeping for the next several days. Your vision will be blurry at first, but this rapidly improves in just a day or two. Your eye may itch somewhat, but you cannot touch the area at all. You also need to be cognizant of avoiding actions that increase blood pressure to your face. Things such as heavy lifting, bending over, and other actions that move blood to your face are out. We provide you with eye drops that prevent inflammation and infection. They also control the pressure inside your eye when healing.
Full healing can take up to two months, but you can return to normal activity in just a few days. You may or may not require glasses for some tasks after your surgery. This depends on the replacement intraocular lens you selected. If your other eye also has a cataract, we usually schedule the second surgery one to two months after the first.
Laser Cataract Surgery FAQs
What’s the difference between laser cataract surgery and traditional cataract surgery?
Lasers have three jobs in our cataract procedures. After the laser software creates a 3D image of your eye, we map the incision location with incredible accuracy. Then we use the femtosecond laser to create the incision in the cornea, removing the anterior capsule of the lens. This gains access to the cataract-clouded lens. Now the laser is used to make a series of cuts in the cataract-clouded lens. This laser scoring of the lens reduces the amount of ultrasound energy we need to use to break up the lens before suctioning it out. The third possible use of the laser is if you have astigmatism. We can use the laser to create peripheral corneal incisions. These reduce astigmatism. By using the laser for the entry incision, scoring the cataract, and making peripheral incisions, we never need to use a surgical blade.
Does laser cataract surgery hurt?
These are painless, remarkably short procedures with Dr. Giyaur and our team. When you arrive for your surgery, we first give you a mild sedative to help you relax. After that sedative has taken effect, we place anesthetic drops in your eye to keep you from feeling anything. In most people the combination of the sedative and the numbing eye drops makes it hard for them to remember the procedure at all, despite the fact that they were awake the entire time.
How long does laser cataract surgery take?
In can seem impossible, but laser cataract surgery at New York Laser Vision takes just 30 minutes. This includes the time for sedation and placing drops in your eyes. The actual surgery takes just 10-15 minutes.
Are there risks with laser cataract surgery?
Complications after cataract surgery are very rare, and most of them can be successfully treated. These are the risks:
- Drooping eyelid
- Dislocation of the IOL
- Retinal detachment
- Loss of vision
Is Laser Cataract Surgery Right for You?
Most people who have undergone the procedure can confidently say that laser cataract surgery is not painful. Additionally, it is more accurate than traditional cataract surgery. When you come to see our team in Brooklyn, we will thoroughly explain laser cataract surgery to you. We’ll talk about the risks and the many benefits. You’ll have a thorough eye exam and a comprehensive consultation to discuss each option. Our goal is to help you see as well as possible without putting your vision or eye health at risk. Contact our team today to schedule your consultation to learn more about this vision correction procedure and how it can help you.