Traditional vs. Laser Cataract Surgery: The Difference Explained

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by Dougherty Laser Vision

Modern Cataract surgery is one of the most common and safest procedures performed today. Both the technology and methodology continues to improve with each new advancement. However as the technology, technique, and practice advances, it can be hard to know the difference between the different types of cataract surgery available to patients today.

Traditional Cataract Surgery

A traditional cataract surgery procedure involves making a very small incision on the side of the cornea in order to remove the cataract-clouded lens. A phacoemulsification laser then breaks up the cataract in order for it to be suctioned out and removed.

After the cataract is removed, an intraocular lens will be inserted in order to replace the natural lens. The cut eye tissue at the site of the original incision heals itself without the need of any sutures.

One of the main differences between traditional and laser cataract surgery is in the technology used. Traditional cataract surgery uses hand held instruments like a blade and forceps to cut the incisions and remove the lens.

Laser Cataract Surgery

One of the latest advancements in cataract surgery combines 3D imaging and laser technology to more precisely remove the cataract.

First, the surgeon will create a customized surgical plan with 3D imaging of your eye. This 3D imaging allows the surgeon to precisely map out the unique characteristics of your eye and cataract.Your surgeon will then use a femtosecond laser to create an opening in the front layer of the lens. Instead of using manual instruments, your surgeon will use the laser to break up the cloudy lens. The lens is then suctioned out via small incisions in your cornea. Your surgeon will replace the lens with an intraocular lens appropriate to your needs.

Laser or advanced cataract surgery will provide the same outcome as traditional cataract surgery but the difference is in the tools used and overall method. Laser Assisted Blade Free Cataract Surgery both reduces the number of instruments used and increases the precision of the procedure.

Since no manual or blade instruments are used during an advanced cataract surgery procedure, some of the traditionally challenging steps of cataract surgery are now computer controlled, automated, and an overall safeguard in the procedure. The laser can also allow for more precise capsulotomies and incisions from which the lens is removed.

Whether traditional or an advanced laser-assisted cataract surgery is right for you depends on many factors, all of which can only be assessed by your laser eye surgeon. Both procedures are extremely safe, common, and have a high success rate. Scheduling a complimentary consultation at Dougherty Laser Vision can help you take the first step towards expert cataract removal. If you would like to further learn about any of our cataract surgery procedure, contact the trusted experts at Dougherty Laser Vision today.