How is Cataract Surgery Performed?
The Malouf Eye Center team performs traditional and laser cataract surgery. The main difference between the two methods is how the incision is made:
- Traditional Cataract Surgery:
- Older method.
- Incisions are made using a blade and all steps are done by hand.
- Astigmatism is NOT corrected.
- Laser Cataract Surgery:
- Newer method.
- A 3D image of your eye is taken to determine the cataract’s location and precise measurements.
- A computer controlled laser uses this information to make the incisions and break up the lens into pieces. Malouf Eye Center is pleased to offer Alcon’s LenSx laser, a bladeless, computer-controlled laser that allows the surgeon to plan and perform your surgery to exacting, individualized specifications not attainable with other surgical methods.
- The LenSx laser can help treat a condition known as astigmatism by creating precise incisions in the cornea. Astigmatism is a condition in which the surface of the eye has a more oval shape rather than a round shape. By correcting your astigmatism during laser cataract surgery, it can:
- Improve the quality of your vision after your cataract surgery
- Decrease your dependency on glasses after your cataract surgery
- The LenSx® laser also helps soften cataracts for easier removal. During surgery, the clouded lenses are removed and, in most instances, replaced with an intraocular lens, referred to as IOLs. Today, we are able to offer patients, a variety of options for IOLs to accommodate individual needs.
Both methods remove the eye’s cloudy lens and replace it with an Intraocular Lens. Incisions in both methods are typically so small they do not require sutures. The team at Malouf Eye Center will talk with you about which type of surgery is best for your specific needs and will also determine if you have an astigmatism at your pre-surgical office visit.