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Laser Cataract Surgery vs Traditional Cataract Surgery
Posted on 09/26/2017

Due to the fact that cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in the United States, cataract surgery is one of the most common surgeries performed, with millions of Americans opting to correct their vision with surgery every year. At Brass Eye Center, we offer two cataract surgical options: laser cataract surgery and traditional cataract surgery.

When you visit us to find out if cataract surgery is right for you, our Albany ophthalmologist will help you determine which method is right for you. In the meantime, we’d like to point out the differences between traditional cataract surgery and laser cataract surgery so you have a good idea of how the two types of surgeries work.

Traditional Cataract Surgery

Traditional cataract surgery is both safe and highly effective. During this surgical procedure, your Albany ophthalmologist will make a tiny incision in the side of the cornea. A small probe is then inserted in the eye to release ultrasound waves that break up the lens so it can be suctioned out.

Using the same small incision, your ophthalmologist will then insert the new intraocular lens (IOL) into the eye. Since the incision is so small, there is no need for sutures after the surgery as the eye tissue will seal itself. This surgical procedure is done on an outpatient basis right in our office, taking only a few minutes to complete. With a very quick recovery time, you can rapidly return to your normal daily activities once you leave our office.

Laser Cataract Surgery

Laser cataract surgery provides the same results as traditional cataract surgery, but the procedure is done differently. Using special software, your ophthalmologist will create a specific surgical plan with a 3D image of your eye called OCT or optical coherence tomography.

Using the unique map of your eye and the software settings, your ophthalmologist will see the exact location, depth, and size of the cataract from all angles. A femtosecond laser will then be used to create the incisions needed to remove the cataract while doing minimal damage to nearby tissue. Once the old lens is removed, it’s replaced with the new lens. Just like with traditional cataract surgery, the recovery time is fast, allowing you to return to your normal activities fairly rapidly.

Contact Your Albany Ophthalmologist Today

If you’re experiencing cloudy and imperfect vision due to cataracts, the Albany eye doctors at Brass Eye Center can help! We provide comprehensive eye care to the residents of Latham, Albany, Clifton Park, and the surrounding areas. To get started on the road to crystal clear vision, simply request an appointment today. We’re looking forward to improving your vision so you can get a clear view of all the wonderful sights around you!