ABOUT LASER CATARACT SURGERY
At The Eye Center of Southern Indiana, we serve Bloomington, IN, Ellettsville, Bedford, Columbus, and Seymor with the most advanced diagnosis and treatment methods available for cataract-related procedures. Cataracts are a clouding of the eye's natural lens that typically begin to develop after the age of 40. Because the lens itself cannot be repaired, cataract surgery involves replacing the natural lens with a synthetic IOL (intraocular lens). Laser-assisted cataract surgery is available at The Eye Center of Southern Indiana located in Bloomington, Indiana. This advanced technology makes cataract surgery more precise, kinder and gentler to the eye allowing better optical correction for astigmatism management.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF LASER CATARACT SURGERY?
There are many benefits to laser cataract surgery, including:
- More precise treatment
- Less swelling and downtime following treatment compared to traditional cataract surgery
- A more predictable vision outcome
- Consistent incisions
- Faster healing times
WHO IS AN IDEAL CANDIDATE FOR LASER CATARACT SURGERY?
Candidates for laser cataract surgery may be experiencing cloudy vision due to cataracts that are worsening over time and affecting their quality of life. In order to receive cataract surgery, you should:
- Diagnosed with cataracts
- Be in overall good health
- Not have any other existing eye conditions that could affect healing
- Desire a quicker healing time and recovery
During your initial consultation with one of our physicians, we will be able to identify if you are a good candidate for this procedure.
HOW DOES LASER CATARACT SURGERY WORK?
Around 30 – 45 minutes before laser cataract surgery, a professional team member thoroughly numbs the patient’s eyes by administering specialized eye drops. Laser cataract surgery is similar to traditional cataract surgery, but we implement state-of-the-art laser technology to identify the perfect incision site, make a safe and sterile incision, and remove the clouded lens. After the cataract is removed, your ophthalmologist will insert the artificial lens. Laser cataract surgery technology creates excellent outcomes with a smoother recovery period, thanks to the technology's extraordinary capabilities. Laser cataract surgery is generally a brief outpatient procedure completed in less than 30 minutes.
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER LASER CATARACT SURGERY
The Eye Center of Southern Indiana will provide detailed instructions on how to care for your eyes after laser cataract surgery. You may experience side effects like mild itching and light sensitivity while your eyes adjust to the new lens. It is common to feel slight pressure or a foreign body sensation in the eye, but these symptoms should dissipate with proper post-operative care. Our team will tell you which eye drops to use and when, as well as provide a timeline for returning to work, exercise, and other activities. Remember to attend all follow-up appointments and take all prescribed medications for maximum results. Our team is available to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have about recovery. The healing period for laser cataract surgery ranges from 4 – 8 weeks depending on the patient.
LASER CATARACT SURGERY FAQ
How safe is laser cataract surgery?
Laser cataract surgery is very common and is generally considered a safe procedure, producing life-changing results in countless patients worldwide. The Eye Center of Southern Indiana uses top-of-the-line technology — so your surgery is both precise and comfortable. Our team has years of experience performing cataract surgery and is proud of our results.
What are the costs of cataract surgery?
The cost of cataract surgery varies based on factors that can be discussed during your consultation. Our staff in Bloomington, IN, can work with your insurance company to help you get the best coverage possible. We can also provide information about third-party financing to help you budget for out-of-pocket costs.
How can I prepare for cataract surgery?
Each of our physicians thoroughly prepares each patient — so they understand the basics of cataracts and how laser treatments are performed. Because some medications can increase your risk of complications, it's important to disclose your prescriptions and supplements to our team. You should also let us know about any medical conditions that may could your recovery.
How is laser cataract surgery different from traditional cataract
Laser cataract surgery differs from traditional cataract surgery primarily in the tools used for the procedure. In traditional surgery, a scalpel creates an incision, and manual instruments break up the cataract. During laser surgery, a laser makes precise incisions and softens the cataract for easier removal. This laser precision often results in higher accuracy and may reduce the risk of complications, offering a more advanced, technologically-driven option for cataract removal.
Is laser cataract surgery painful?
Laser cataract surgery is generally not painful. Patients are given numbing eye drops to minimize discomfort during the procedure. You may feel slight pressure or a tugging sensation, but actual pain is rare. Post-operative discomfort is typically mild and can often be managed with over-the-counter medication.
How long should I wait before exercising after laser cataract
It's advisable to wait at least one week before resuming light exercise after laser cataract surgery. For more strenuous activities, consult your healthcare provider; generally, a 2 – 4 week wait is recommended. However, your specific situation may be different. Always follow The Eye Center of Southern Indiana's specific guidelines to ensure a smooth and successful recovery.
SAFER CATARACT REMOVAL
When neglected, cataracts will severely affect your daily activities and gradually result in a total loss of vision. However, with the help of laser cataract surgery at The Eye Center of Southern Indiana, you can rid yourself of cataracts and dramatically improve your vision. We urge patients who have cataracts to call our Bloomington, IN practice right away for a consultation with one of our highly skilled physicians.