Laser cataract surgery has lent additional accuracy to cataract surgery. For such a straightforward procedure, laser cataract surgery has the power to significantly improve a person’s quality of life. Although they can cause significant impairment, cataracts are easy to treat. Ophthalmological surgical techniques have developed beautifully. Considering the relative ease with which cataract surgery can be performed, there are still many staggering facts about cataracts that bear repeating.
51% of the world’s cases of blindness are due to cataracts
Yes, you read that correctly. It is not a typo. Over half of blind people worldwide are blind due to cataracts. It’s mind-boggling considering the fact that cataracts are not difficult to remove. The problem is that many people in the world lack access to licensed eye care professionals or the money to get to these surgeons. The risk of developing cataracts grows with age, so as the world’s population keeps living longer and longer, the number of people who suffer from cataracts grows as well. Additionally, since women are more likely than men to develop cataracts (and women are less likely than men to gain access to the health care they need) more of the world’s women suffer from cataracts.
Lifestyle changes can delay the development of cataracts
There are no eye drops or medications that can “dissolve” or prevent the formation of cataracts. They are tied to aging, and the best way to treat them is to notice them early and remove them using laser cataract surgery. That being said, it is believed that certain lifestyle changes can delay the formation of cataracts. Wearing sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection in addition to not smoking while maintaining a healthy diet are suspected ways to delay the development of cataracts.
Nothing is being scraped away during cataract surgery
You should not think of cataracts as a substance to be scraped away. What has happened is your lens has developed a cloudy build-up. The solution is to remove the affected lens during a laser cataract surgery procedure. During thisLaser cataract surgery, your ophthalmologist will insert an intraocular lens (IOL) implant that will serve as a replacement. While every surgery involves risk, this is one of the most regularly performed surgeries in the United States and your ophthalmologist has likely performed cataract surgery many times.
Ultrasound technology is used to break up the lens
Phacoemulsification is used to remove the cloudy lens. Ultrasound technology is used to break up the lens before it is aspirated out. As cataract surgery methods have progressed, the incision needed to break up the lens and perform this step has become smaller and smaller. In laser cataract surgery, the laser reduces the amount of ultrasound energy needed to break down the lens.
Our dedicated professionals at Feinerman Eye are ready to sit down with you and discuss the benefits of laser cataract surgery. Cataracts are an unnecessary vision impairment. Drop by our Newport Beach location and speak to Dr. Feinerman about your laser cataract surgery consultation!