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Take a closer look at laser cataract removal with a skilled eye surgeon in Laguna Hills, CA

Cataract surgery is one of the world’s oldest types of surgical procedures, dating back to the fifth century BC. However, “modern” cataract removal and vision correction would not be born until the mid-1900s. While “traditional” cataract surgery remains one of the most common surgeries worldwide, at Orange County Eye Institute, we also provide surgical alternatives. Many people are familiar with the use of lasers in the ophthalmological world via LASIK for vision correction. Dr. George Salib has established himself as an authority in LASIK, as well as a skilled Laser Cataract Surgeon in Laguna Hills, CA. 

A closer look at lasers for cataracts

As with other conventional surgical procedures, cataract surgery involves removing the cloudy lens through a small incision. Ultrasonic energy (sound waves) are applied to aid in the easy removal of the lens. The energy produces therapeutic heat, which breaks up the lens. Eye specialists or ophthalmologists like Dr. Salib suction out the smaller pieces of the lens, and replace it with an artificial IOL (Intra Ocular Lens). The incision is frequently closed non-invasively (without the use of stitches or sutures). However, since heat is generated during the process of cataract removal, there is some risk that fluid may leak from the eye. This situation requires the placement of stitches to adequately and safely close or seal the incision.

Alternately, lasers represent a type of cataract removal that is just packed with beneficial technologies. Generally, the use of laser devices across medical applications is associated with fewer risks of side effects and complications, a better-tolerated procedure, and a faster and uneventful recovery. Laser-assisted surgery at OCEI, however, employs additional types of technology, including tomography and 3-dimensional imaging. Through these diagnostics, Dr. Salib can complete the exacting planning of your procedure. High-resolution, cross-sectional images, and virtual modeling allow for your surgeon to precisely pinpoint the exact locations, sizes, and depths of incisions. These characteristics allow for the most accurate treatment and predictable outcomes. 

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In addition, Dr. Salib minimizes the length of the incisions, resulting in less trauma and more conservative treatment, by using the laser device to “soften up” the natural, cloudy lens. He then gently removes the lens and replaces it with an IOL – all in a manner that allows the capsule to remain intact. Laser cataract removal also allows for better placement and centering of the IOL in the capsule that holds the lens.

Are you a candidate for laser-assisted cataract removal?

Orange County Eye Institute won’t know for sure how lasers or other techniques can restore your visual clarity until after Dr. Salib gets a good look at your eye, and speaks with you. Schedule an appointment at the Laguna Hills, CA office. Call (949) 441-5444.

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