How laser cataract surgery in Laguna Hills differs from the conventional technique
Cataracts are a common problem typically experienced by older adults. Though a cataract may not be a pressing concern, there often does come a time when cataract removal would mean clearer vision and a better quality of life. Ophthalmologist and eye surgeon, Dr. George Salib, has successfully treated thousands of patients in his extensive career restoring vision with the cataract removal procedure.
If you are affected by cataracts, we are happy to discuss your options for laser cataract surgery in our comfortable Laguna Hills outpatient facility.
Conventional cataract surgery
The removal of cataracts is one of the most common procedures ophthalmologists perform. The surgery is safe and gentle to the eyes typically promising an advantageous outcome. In the conventional surgical method, cataract surgery involves an incision made with a metal or diamond blade. Clearly, precision in the width and depth of incision is vital to the successful removal of the clouded lens. Additionally, the more precise the incision, the better and faster the eye can heal after the insertion of the replacement lens, called an IOL.
One of the crucial aspects of cataract surgery is the protection of the capsule that holds the eye’s natural lens. This same capsule will also encase the replacement lens. Therefore, it is of vital importance that the capsulotomy is performed with pinpoint accuracy in order to keep this structure intact.
Conventional cataract surgery incorporates ultrasonic energy which transfers as heat and breaks up the cataract. The overall effects of heat; however, may allow fluid to leak from the eye and can increase the chances of needing sutures at the end of the procedure.
Laser cataract surgery
The cataract removal process has been streamlined with the development of specific laser devices and techniques. Even the planning process is more advanced; incorporating tomography and sophisticated 3D imaging. With a lifelike model of the eye at hand, Dr. Salib knows the precise location, length, and depth to make the incision for cataract removal. Tomography imaging and laser technology add an enormous degree of efficiency to the overall process.
Laser cataract surgery involves the gradual softening of the cataract on the lens with laser energy. This facilitates an easier dissection through a smaller incision. The laser is also gentler on the capsule that is necessary for the retention of the replacement lens, or IOL.
Many patients have regained a clearer vision with cataract surgery at the Orange County Eye Institute. Learn more about this precision procedure in your consultation with our friendly team.