Technology has come a long way since the first cataract removal surgery in 1747—and it’s still evolving—but it took 241 years to change one thing: the use of a blade.
In 1988, ophthalmologists invented the world’s first laser cataract removal device, the Laserphaco Probe. While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) didn’t approve bladeless cataract surgery technology for use in the U.S. until 2009, its procedure rates now rival traditional options. But is laser cataract surgery really a better option? We think so!
At SightTrust Eye Institute, we’re proud to be one of the only surgery centers nationwide that utilizes the LenSx laser for every procedure. We provide safe and fast cataract and clear lens exchange surgeries for patients in Palm Beach, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Davie, Boca Raton, Weston, and the surrounding areas. Today we’ll be sharing why we prefer bladeless laser cataract surgery over the traditional method.
Safer, More Precise Cataract Removal
Computer-guided laser incisions are up to ten times more accurate than manual incisions. This super-human precision allows ophthalmologists to implant single-vision, toric, or multifocal lenses and correct astigmatism by reshaping the cornea more reliably.
Bladeless, laser cataract surgery also uses less energy than ultrasound to break up cataracts, reducing the risk of corneal swelling. In short, laser cataract surgery is more precise and safer.
Fewer Side Effects, Faster Recovery
Another benefit of laser precision is that it tends to limit the chance of complications and side effects. Traditional cataract surgery is an effective and safe procedure but can increase swelling, and patients tend to notice eye discomfort and blurred vision or feel as if they have something in their eye more frequently during the recovery phase.
All the above are far less common with bladeless cataract surgery. Our patients often return to most of their everyday activities within a day of their surgery, even with bilateral cataract removal. However, it may take a week or two for your vision to stabilize, depending on your natural healing process.
Is Bladeless Cataract Surgery Right for You?
The best way to explore your options is to make an appointment with an ophthalmologist specializing in laser cataract and lens replacement surgery. Our ophthalmologist, Dr. Andrew C. Shatz, is one of the first and only surgeons in the U.S. offering bladeless laser cataract surgery in all procedures.
If you’d like to learn more, call us at (866) 601-0067 or fill out our quick contact form. We see patients from Palm Beach, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Davie, Boca Raton, Weston, and the surrounding communities.