During laser cataract surgery at our Pomona NY, practice, your doctor will create a small incision in the cornea using a femtosecond laser, the same used to create a corneal flap during bladeless LASIK surgery. Next, the clouded crystalline lens is removed and replaced with an intraocular lens (IOL). Compared to traditional cataract surgery, this advanced technique minimizes risks and reduces recovery time. Dr. Richard Gordon and Dr. Sonia Belliappa can help determine if this advanced approach to cataract surgery is right for you.
Using a laser instead of a blade results in safer surgery with an expedited recovery.
Are You a Candidate for Laser Cataract Surgery?
If you are suffering from cataracts that have reached a stage at which bright lighting and an up-to-date corrective eyewear prescription fail to allow you to focus, you may be a candidate for laser cataract surgery. Meanwhile, this advanced approach to surgery can also incorporate limbic relaxation incisions, which can refine the curvature of the cornea to benefit patients with astigmatism. The only certain way to know if laser cataract surgery is right for you is to schedule a consultation with an experienced ophthalmologist.
Cataract surgery is already one of the safest and most frequently performed medical procedures. By using a laser, we can further reduce the risks of this treatment.
What to Expect during Laser Cataract Surgery
Before your procedure, your doctor will numb your eye with anesthetic drops. Next, he or she will create a 3D digital map of your eye using optical coherence tomography (OCT). The precise image will allow your doctor to calibrate the laser according to the exact depth, length, and curvature of your eye. Next, your ophthalmologist will use the laser to create a tiny incision at the place where your cornea and the white of your eye meet.
Your doctor will then create a tiny opening in the capsule that holds the crystalline lens. The laser will soften and break apart the clouded lens, which is removed using gentle suction. Finally, the IOL is placed. No sutures are required to close the incision.
At Ramapo Ophthalmology Associates, we offer a wide range of IOLs, including premium multifocal lenses. When choosing your lens, we can use the ORATM system, an advanced tool that measures your eye to determine the right power for your IOL, to ensure the best possible outcome.
Benefits of Bladeless Cataract Surgery
Cataract surgery is already one of the safest and most frequently performed medical procedures. By replacing a handheld blade with a laser, the incisions can be made with far greater precision and less impact to the nearby tissues.
Laser cataract surgery can have tremendous benefits. After your procedure, you can expect to experience dramatically clearer vision. If you choose to replace your lens with a premium IOL, you may rely far less on glasses or contacts. In some cases, premium IOL recipients only require glasses for tasks such as reading fine print.
Contact Us for More Information
To learn more about the many benefits of laser cataract surgery, contact Ramapo Ophthalmology Associates today. Our compassionate ophthalmologists are prepared to help you experience improved focus and greater independence.