Laser cataract treatment in Laguna Hills compared to conventional surgery
Dr. Salib offers a laser-assisted alternative to conventional cataract surgery. Call the Orange County Eye Institute in Laguna Hills An estimated one in every six Americans aged 40 or older has vision affected by a cataract, and more than half by the age of 80. Those in the Laguna Hills area have the option of advanced laser treatment, as well as conventional cataract surgery, in the care of Dr. George Salib at the Orange County Eye Institute.
What is cataract?
Inside the eye is a clear lens. Its shape refracts or bends rays of light so that they focus on the retina at the back of the eye. When the lens becomes cloudy, light rays scatter, distorting the image you see.You may have a cataract if:
- Vision is blurry
- It seems as though you are looking through a foggy windshield
- You find yourself cleaning your eyeglasses frequently
- Colors look dull, faded, or yellowed
- You see double or ghost images
- Eyes are sensitive to light
- You need extra light to read
- You have difficulty seeing clearly enough to drive at night
Babies and children are subject to many of the same risk factors as adults, but sometimes, cataracts develop quickly and spontaneously in young eyes. A child’s eyes continue to develop until about age ten, so early detection and prompt treatment of cataracts is especially important. Otherwise, long-term vision impairment can result. Cataracts may trigger “lazy eye” an abnormal and irreversible connection between the eyes and brain.
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Cataracts are diagnosed through a review of symptoms, a visual acuity test, and physical examination of the eyes. A special microscope called a slit lamp gives the doctor a magnified look at structures in the front portion of the eye by illuminating the cornea, iris, and lens. An ophthalmoscope also helps to reveal signs of cloudiness in the lens. The doctor may put drops in your eyes to dilate (widen) pupils for a closer inspection of the retina. These tests are painless and take only a few minutes.
How conventional cataract surgery is performed
If you are diagnosed with a cataract, you will need to make an informed decision about treatment. Traditional cataract surgery, or phacoemulsification, is a time-tested technique accepted by most insurance plans. The surgeon uses a scalpel to make a small incision at the side of the cornea. Through this slit he creates an opening in the lens capsule and inserts a probe. It emits sound waves that break up the lens. The fragments are then suctioned out of the eye and an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) is implanted. The incision can usually be sealed without sutures.
Ophthalmologist in Laguna Hills offers a laser- assisted alternative to conventional cataract surgery[img2]Dr. Salib also offers laser-assisted cataract surgery. A sophisticated imaging device is placed over the eye to determine the exact location, size, and depth of the cataract, and to meticulously map treatment. The lens capsule is opened with the LenSx laser, and ultrasound energy breaks the lens into pieces, which are subsequently removed. After the IOL is implanted, the cornea is sealed.
While both methods are sound ophthalmologic solutions, Dr. Salib’s patients enjoy these benefits of laser-assisted cataract surgery:
- Although extremely precise, the laser procedure is completed more quickly than conventional cataract surgery (about ten minutes).
- Because of the precision involved, results are accurate and consistent.
- Laser-assisted surgery may afford a higher degree of correction for some types of refractive error such as astigmatism.
- The recovery period is brief. Although it takes several months for the eye to fully heal from surgery, there is little downtime, and most patients return to work the next day.
- Many people see clearly immediately after the procedure (in other cases, within a week or two).
- There is low risk of post-surgical complications.
If you think you may have cataracts, please don’t wait. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Salib at the Orange County Eye Institute to learn more about treatment options. The number in Laguna Hills is (949) 441-5444.
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