Cataract surgery is the process of removing the clouded lens of your eye and replacing it with a clear artificial lens. It is one of the most common and successful surgeries performed today. At Eye Group in Madison, MS, our ophthalmologists offer various lens options to help you achieve the best possible vision after surgery.
Comparing Laser Cataract Surgery and Traditional Cataract Surgery
Cataract surgery is generally performed using a laser. This type of eye surgery is called laser-assisted cataract surgery (LACS). Laser-assisted cataract surgery has many benefits over traditional cataract surgery, including a more precise procedure with less chance for error, quicker healing, and fewer side effects.
Laser cataract surgery has a success rate of over 98% and most people who have the surgery experience significant improvement in their vision. In some cases, vision may even be better than it was before the cataract.
However, traditional cataract surgery is still an option for some people. Your ophthalmologist may recommend traditional cataract surgery if you have a very advanced cataract or certain other eye conditions.
What Happens After Cataract Surgery?
After your clouded lens is removed, an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) is implanted in its place. This IOL is what will help you to see clearly after surgery. There are different types of IOLs available and your ophthalmologist will help you choose the best option for your needs.
LAL (Light Adjustable Lens)
LAL is a new type of IOL lens that your ophthalmologist can adjust after implanting them. This means that if your vision is not quite perfect after eye surgery, your ophthalmologist can adjust the lens to help improve your vision. LAL is a good option for people who are not candidates for LASIK or other vision correction surgery. It is also a good option for people who may need a second surgery in the future to correct their vision.
Cataract surgery can also correct astigmatism, a common type of refractive error. Your ophthalmologist can do this by implanting a toric IOL, which is a special type of IOL designed to correct astigmatism. The procedure for implanting a toric IOL is the same as for a regular IOL, but the incision is usually slightly larger.
Multifocal IOLs are designed for people who want to reduce their dependence on glasses or contact lenses after surgery. These IOLs have multiple focal points, which can help you see both near and far objects clearly.
Contact Eye Group in Madison, MS
If you think you might need eye surgery for cataracts or have questions about the procedure, our ophthalmologists at Eye Group can help. Call our team today at (601) 985-9120 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.