How Are Cataracts Removed?
If you are wondering how cataracts are removed, the experts at Elmquist Eye Group can help you understand the procedure and discuss with you whether surgery would be beneficial.
About Elmquist Eye Group
Elmquist Eye Group has provided exceptional cataract care to the residents of Southwest Florida for more than 25 years and is pleased to offer the revolutionary bladeless laser-assisted cataract procedure and the latest advancements in intraocular lens technology.
Dr. E. Trevor Elmquist, founder of Elmquist Eye Group, is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and has been selected as one of America’s Top Doctors by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.
Dr. Sarah Eccles-Brown, Dr. Elmquist’s associate, is a board certified ophthalmologist and refractive surgeon who specializes in refractive cataract surgery, LASIK, eyelid surgery, and in-office procedures.
Kate Wagner, OD, managing partner, and Nina Burt, OD, are both experienced board certified optometrists who provide pre- and post-op exams, testing, and follow-up care to our patients.
About Cataract Surgery
In traditional cataract surgery, the natural lens of the eye is typically replaced with a monofocal (one distance) intraocular lens to restore your clear vision. Traditional cataract surgery provides excellent results, but technological advances in both lens technology and surgical techniques now afford cataract patients more options.
To achieve the best possible outcomes for cataract patients, Elmquist Eye Group offers refractive laser-assisted cataract surgery. The FDA-approved laser automates several steps of the procedure and improves the precision, accuracy and safety of cataract surgery.
The laser and guidance system are used to make tiny incisions in the cornea for removal of the cataract that is clouding your vision. (This was previously done by the surgeon with a hand-held blade.) 3D imaging allows the surgeon to map out the unique characteristics of your eye and cataract so that very precise incisions can be made.
Whether traditional or laser-assisted cataract surgery is right for you will depend on a number of factors that can only be assessed by your cataract surgeon. Both procedures are extremely safe, common, and have high success rates.
While there is no reason to rush into cataract surgery unless your vision is affecting your lifestyle, you may want to consider having it done sooner than later. Patients who have their cataracts removed experience fewer hip fractures and are able to enjoy better driving performance.
Discuss your situation with Dr. Eccles-Brown who will help you decide on the best course of action. If your symptoms are mild and the cataract has not progressed, we may be able to make a change to your eyeglass prescription to help you function comfortably until the cataract really starts to bother you.
If you think you may have a cataract and would like more information about how cataracts are removed, get in touch with Elmquist Eye Group at (239) 936-2020. We will examine your eyes and discuss how the latest cataract treatments and lens technologies can help restore your clear vision.