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What is a cataract?
A cataract is the clouding of the lens in the eye which leads to a decrease in vision that cannot be corrected with glasses, contact lenses or corneal refractive surgery such as LASIK. Currently there is no medical treatment to reverse or prevent the development of cataracts. Once they form, the only way to achieve clear vision again is through cataract surgery.
Symptoms of Cataracts
Often a cataract will not significantly affect your vision in its early stages, but as it enlarges you may notice any or all of the following:
Vision may appear blurry or hazy
Colors may seem faded and less vibrant
You may notice difficulty seeing due to glare or halos around lights
Sensitivity to bright lights
You can develop poor night vision – making it difficult to drive safely at night
Double vision in one eye
Reading becomes difficult even while wearing glasses
What is the difference between Traditional and Laser Cataract Surgery?
There are two ways to perform cataract surgery – the traditional surgery method or with laser cataract surgery. During traditional surgery a blade is used to create the incision through which the cataract is removed and the artificial lens is inserted. The incision is minimal, and no sutures are required for proper healing. During laser cataract surgery, the LenSx laser is used to create the incision in addition to creating a circular opening for removing the cataract and placing the new lens. The main difference between the two procedures is that during laser cataract surgery, the laser creates a more precise incision so that the lens implant will never need to be removed or replaced. Studies show these incisions are 10 times more accurate versus those done with a blade by hand. In addition, laser cataract surgery uses less energy resulting in decreased surgery time and a quicker recovery. Laser surgery also helps lessens levels of astigmatism, which helps to improve vision over the traditional method.