What Are Cataracts?
A cataract is the eye’s own naturally clear lens which has clouded, usually with age. As the lens clouds, vision becomes blurry. A cataract can also form from injury to the eye, medications, or long-term exposure to sunlight. Cataracts can be removed when you decide that your vision has become blurry enough to interfere in your normal daily activities.
Think of your eye as a camera. Your eye has two lenses, one on the surface (known as the cornea), and one within your eye (known as the crystalline lens). These two lenses focus images inside the back of your eye on the retina.
As you begin to age, the crystalline lens begins to harden and become cloudy, which is defined as a cataract. When this happens, it begins to interfere with the quality of your vision.
Some symptoms of cataracts can include blurry vision, bright colors becoming dull, double vision, sensitivity to light and glare, and having difficulties seeing at night. If you wear eye glasses, it may seem that your glasses are not helping you focus as well as they used to.
Laser Cataract Surgery
First, it’s critical that you understand how important it is to remove the cataracts in order to prevent severe loss of vision as well as other debilitation effects that are common with this condition. The good news is that recent innovations in cataract surgery now make it possible for cataracts to be removed with greater precision & accuracy when compared to the traditional surgery.
Aloha Eye Clinic is proud to be one of the few surgery centers in the U.S. that offer cataract surgery with the most advanced technology, the LenSx femtosecond laser.
Traditional Cataract Surgery vs Laser Cataract Surgery With LenSx
The traditional way to perform cataract surgery has always involved the surgeon manually creating tiny incisions with a blade in order to remove the the cloudy lens (cataract) with ultrasound vibrations, then replacing it with a man-made lens.
The advanced technology that laser cataract surgery adds helps control key steps of the surgery. LenSx, the most advanced femtosecond laser for cataract surgery, allows for much greater accuracy and precision. With higher resolution images of the eye, surgeons are now able to customize each procurement more than they ever have before.
What Are The Advantages of Using LenSx?
- Precision – Using a LenSx femtosecond laser allows for the highest level of percision vs using a blade.
- Control – Using LenSx gives the surgeon real time images to guide for proper alignment
- Safety – By making the procedure faster and less invasive, LenSx increases safety.
- Lens Fragmentation – By pre-sofening the cataract, LenSx minimizes the use of ultrasound energy to remove the cataract, which leads to faster visual recovery.