How Cataract Surgery Differs When Using a Laser
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, around 22 million people in the U.S. over age 40 suffer from cataracts. The condition is a common health problem that can severely affect a person’s vision, which is why cataract surgery is such an important procedure. Dr. Alan Faulkner performs cataract surgery at Aloha Laser Vision, offering both traditional and laser surgery options. While traditional cataract surgery has proven to provide exceptional results, the LenSx® Femtosecond Laser is the latest advancement in treating the specific eye condition.
Dr. Faulkner explains that the main difference between traditional and laser cataract surgery is the many steps that are automated by the laser. The LenSx® device can be used to make the incision, treat astigmatism, open the cataract lens (anterior capsule), and remove cataract fragments all in one procedure. The depth of the laser and navigation around the eye are all predetermined before the surgery takes place for optimal precision.
Having performed numerous cataract surgeries, both traditional and laser-assisted, Dr. Faulkner notes that both methods can successfully restore vision in a relatively short procedure. He recommends anyone suffering from cataracts to schedule an appointment with him so he can examine their condition and determine which surgical technique is most appropriate for the individual’s unique needs.