Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery

If laser-assisted surgery sounds amazingly technological, you’re on the right track. Cataracts affect nearly 25 million Americans, and surgery is the only true remedy. Laser-assisted cataract surgery is a state-of-the-art surgery preferred by our expert ophthalmologists at Elmquist Eye Group. Let’s learn more about it, shall we?

Laser-assisted cataract surgery offers a much higher level of precision than traditional cataract surgery, which uses a surgical blade. We can also correct vision problems like astigmatism at the same time we are removing a cataract, and the laser procedure is the best choice for astigmatism corrections.

Surgeon Experience Matters

Laser-Assisted Cataract SurgeryAs you might imagine, it is critically important to choose a surgeon who is well-trained in the laser cataract procedure. Elmquist Eye Group has been providing southwest Florida with incredible eye care for nearly 25 years. Our state-of-the-art facilities feature the latest in highly specialized equipment and our doctors and staff are highly trained to provide you first-class quality eye care. Our surgeons are board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, and they are also fellows of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, meaning they have extensive additional training and expertise in various surgical eye procedures. Our surgeons have extensive laser surgery experience, so you can rest assured you will be in good hands at Elmquist.

Before the surgery, our surgeons develop a deep knowledge of your eyes by performing a comprehensive overall health exam and extensive eye exam. For instance, we perform two tests – a visual acuity test and a glare test – both of which are important tools in a comprehensive cataract evaluation. During the glare test, we simulate the degree of glare you are likely to experience in a normal day, and we measure its effect on your visual function. We perform a dilated eye exam to obtain a detailed visual acuity evaluation and to examine your eye’s internal structures.

A Precision Surgery

During the surgery, the surgeon uses a laser to create an incision in the eye to remove the cloudy lens. Our surgeons also use an imaging device during the cataract surgery. This device creates a customized map of the surface of the eye and lens so that the exact location, size and depth of the laser incision can be determined. The surgeon may also use the laser to break up or soften the cataract to make removal of the damaged lens much easier.

The precision and accuracy we can obtain using laser-assisted surgery is a key aspect of our ability to work on the delicate eye structures. Laser technology makes surgical error much less likely. Patients experience only minor post-surgical symptoms such as redness or itchiness, and the surgery rarely has complications. In fact, laser-assisted cataract surgery is one of the safest, most effective procedures you can have.

Without surgical intervention, your cataracts will continue to grow. Don’t let your cataracts go untreated, because the condition will eventually lead to severe vision loss and blindness in one or both eyes. Don’t delay. Call Elmquist Eye Group today so that our experienced team can provide you with a comprehensive eye exam and cataract assessment. If you need laser-assisted cataract surgery, there’s no better team in southwest Florida, so come in and see us.