Traditional vs. Laser Cataract Surgery: The Difference Explained

As techniques and technology change, along with practices that are constantly advancing, it’s difficult to understand the different kinds of available cataract surgery that are currently available.

Traditional Cataract Surgery

Traditional cataract surgery uses a blade and forceps to make a small incision in the cornea and remove the clouded lens. Interestingly, a laser might still be used to break up the cataract for easier removal. After cataract removal, an intraocular lens (IOL) will be inserted into the eye as a replacement lens. The eye tissues will heal on their own without the need for sutures.

Laser Cataract Surgery

Laser cataract surgery more precisely breaks up and removes the cataract using 3D technology and a precise laser. Instead of using a blade to cut the eye, a small femtosecond laser creates an opening in the front of the lens and breaks up the cataract. Like traditional surgery, the natural lens will be replaced with an artificial IOL and the eye tissue at the location of the incision can heal by itself.

Benefits of Laser Cataract Surgery

The Lensar femtosecond laser used for cataract surgery has advanced technology that ensures safe treatment and impressive results for cataract patients. Some of the benefits of laser surgery include:

Precision Technology

Today, the advanced technology is such that 3D imaging, combined with laser technology, makes for more precise removal of the lens. With the use of 3D imaging to register the uniqueness of each eye’s dimensions, the surgeon can customize a unique plan to more accurately break up the cataract and insert the intraocular lens. Your surgeon will also perform visual checks throughout the procedure, so you can be sure of receiving the best experience possible.

Decreased Risk of Error

Human error can occur during surgery, even in the most capable hands. Advanced laser technology eliminates the risk of human error because it guides itself to precisely remove the cataract and place the new artificial lens.

Less Recovery Time

A few of the advantages include a higher level of safety during the actual surgery, and it improves overall recovery time. The laser uses the lowest energy of other lasers, and the surrounding tissue around the dead cataract gets less damaged than with other kinds of laser treatments.

Schedule an Appointment

To learn more about laser-assisted cataract surgery, and other advanced surgical options, schedule an appointment today at Eye Care Physicians & Surgeons of New Jersey. Our highly skilled team of eye doctors and surgeons can discuss the procedure in more detail to make sure you are a great fit for laser surgery.

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