By age 55, 10% of Americans develop cataracts. By age 65, one in four will be affected. A cataract is the clumping of proteins in the natural crystalline lens of the eye, causing vision to become blurred. When symptoms of cataracts first become noticeable, patients can usually compensate by wearing stronger lenses or using brighter lights. But as time goes on, surgical intervention will become necessary. If you suffer with cataracts, laser cataract surgery performed by the doctors at our Huntsville location can restore your vision. At Maynor & Mitchell Eye Center, we use advanced laser technology and a range of intraocular lenses, making this procedure extremely safe and effective. If cataracts have begun to affect your quality of life, contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Video: Laser Cataract Surgery
Laser cataract surgery at Maynor & Mitchell Eye Center involves using the Catalyst Laser and ORA intraoperative aberrometer to achieve the best possible results. Dr. Mitchell says the combination of the ORA and Catalyst is probably the most significant breakthrough in cataract surgery in more than 30 years. Together, these technologies help patients achieve clear vision and independence from corrective eyewear.
Understanding Traditional Cataract Surgery
Traditional cataract surgery (phacoemulsification) is an outpatient procedure requiring only topical anesthetic and very small incisions. A high frequency ultrasound probe is used to break apart the clouded lens into smaller pieces. These pieces are then removed through the incisions using gentle suction. After these pieces have been removed, your surgeon will replace the natural lens with an intraocular lens (IOL), a synthetic corrective lens that will help you see more clearly.
Because of breakthroughs in IOL technology, there is now a full line of premium lenses that can reduce or eliminate the need for corrective eye wear. The Crystalens® HD Accomodating IOL can provide you with full range of vision because like your natural lens, it moves with the muscles in your eye. The ReSTOR® lens can be used to improve near, middle, and distance vision. In addition, astigmatism can be corrected during laser cataract surgery by implanting the AcrySof® IQ Toric Lens. Talk to one of our doctors today to find out which lens is right for you.
CATALYS® Laser Cataract Surgery
In CATALYS® laser cataract surgery, the procedure becomes even more gentle and efficient. Similar to LASIK surgery, CATALYS® creates a 3-D map of each eye and the surgery is tailored specifically to those unique specifications. Using an INTEGRAL GUIDANCE® System, CATALYS® establishes a “safety zone” of treatment, and the laser is restricted only to that area. CATALYS® has also created a liquid optics interface, which allows the procedure to take place while minimizing intraocular pressure. This feature is especially beneficial for older patients and those who also suffer from glaucoma.
Similar to traditional cataract surgery, topical anesthetic is first administered to numb the eye. The laser then creates small incisions in the cornea. Next, the laser breaks up the cataract. Ultrasound breaks the lens into even smaller pieces that are removed through the incisions. After the removal is complete, the surgeon places your chosen IOL. The result is a more precise treatment with little or no discomfort, and a much quicker recovery time since inflammation and irritation to the eye is minimized.
Is Laser Cataract Surgery Right for You?
Most cataract patients are good candidates for laser cataract surgery. Even if you have undergone LASIK previously, our doctors are able to perform cataract surgery without disturbing your earlier corrections. If you or a loved one suffer with cataracts, schedule a consultation with one of our doctors today to learn more about your treatment options.