Cataracts are a natural part of aging and will affect most people at some point in their lives. A cataract forms when the lens becomes cloudy and your vision is impacted. By age 80, more than half of all Americans will be diagnosed with cataracts.
And cataract surgery is one of the most common surgeries performed by eye surgeons. It is a fairly safe procedure and technological advances in cataract surgery continue to improve patient outcomes.
Let’s look at a couple of the newest innovations available in cataract surgery.
The Femtosecond laser
In traditional cataract surgery, the surgeon would perform the incision using a blade. Thanks to blade-free technology, surgeons can now use a laser to make the incision which greatly improves recovery time and reduces the risk of complications.
The Femtosecond laser improves the surgeon’s precision and control during cataract surgery. It also gives patients a more accurate outcome and takes less than 15 minutes to complete.
Multifocal intraocular lens implants (IOLs)
With previous cataract technology, patients only had the option of a standard lens that would correct distance vision alone. For farsightedness, patients had to rely on reading glasses. As a result, patients were often unhappy with the results of their cataract surgery.
In recent years, the FDA has approved advanced technology IOLs for cataracts patients. These new and improved IOLs allow patients to have improved vision at multiple distances after surgery. Now, patients will have improved vision at a distance and up close.
These recent innovations in cataract technology can improve the quality of your vision, minimize your healing time prior to surgery, and offer you a better quality of life.
When you are looking for a cataract surgeon, there are many things you should consider. One of the things you should consider is whether that surgeon will be able to offer you the most current technology available in cataract surgery.