Laser Cataract Surgery
As of December 27, 2012, The Center for Excellence in Eye Care’s Miami practice has been offering Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery to patients all over South Florida! This new Lensar femtosecond laser technology has brought precision, speed, and predictability to the routine cataract surgery procedure that has been performed for years. The laser has taken over many of the steps currently performed by hand with a blade. The doctors at the Center are excited to be able to offer this technology to their patients.
Surgery to remove cataracts is one of the most frequently performed procedures today. It is also one of the most successful and one of the safest procedures in medicine today. It is estimated that there are over 14 million lens implant procedures performed each year.
However, in your parent’s or grandparent’s days, cataract surgery was usually delayed for as long as possible because it was considered risky and required several days in the hospital.
Today, cataract surgery is performed on an outpatient basis and the procedure itself takes only a few minutes. The risks are much lower and the recovery is much faster for most patients. Today, patients have their surgeries done earlier. There is no need to wait until the cataracts are “ripe”.
Since there is no need to wait until your vision is extremely poor, we advise our patients to consider cataract surgery when the cataract begins to affect their lifestyles which could mean it affects their close vision, driving, sports, reading or otherwise. The cataract will typically not damage your eye while it is growing, so there is also no need to rush into the surgery. You can decide when the time is right for you!
Your doctor will perform the procedure within our local surgery center. You will arrive about an hour and a half before your actual surgery. You will be given a mild sedative to help you relax. The area around your eye will be cleansed and a sterile drape will be applied around your eye. The surgery only takes a few minutes but plan to spend 2 to 3 hours at the center for the pre-operation procedures and recovery.
Visual recovery varies from patient to patient but most patients return to their normal activities within a day or two. If you have cataracts in both eyes, the second procedure will usually be scheduled within a week or two. Serious complications are extremely rare, but it is surgery and there are some risks involved. One of our counselors will provide you with additional information about the risks associated with cataract surgery. Choosing an experienced surgeon for your procedure can significantly minimize the risks involved with your cataract procedure.
If you or any of your loved ones have been diagnosed with a cataract, please call our office at 305-598-2020 to ask about Laser Cataract Surgery today!