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Cataract Surgery Update 2014

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Eye surgeons have been using lasers for the management of cataracts and their complications for years. Remember, a LASER is an optical knife!

With that in mind, burning or vaporizing eye tissues is done with a variety of lasers. Cataracts are simply a clouding of the eye’s natural lens. The treatment is to remove the cloudy lens and replace it with a clear lens implant, as well correct any astigmtism. 

The use of short wavelength “femtosecond” lasers is currently used for the following eye procedures:

  • LASIK surgery to focus the cornea of your eye. 
  • Astigmatism correction of your cornea.
  • Initial steps in cataract surgery, followed by washing out and ultrasonic cleaning of the cataract material. This step is costly financially adding $2500 to the base price and in time. The outcomes are equivalent to standard cataract surgery.

Cataract surgery is evolving rapidly, and the next step will dwarf the current claims. I am referring to ‘true accommodating intraocular lenses”, not the current generation of lenses. Follow this column for breaking developments!

— David B. Kaye, M.D.

Written by Laura Nguyen

Dr. Laura Nguyen has extensive training in general ophthalmology and specializes in oculoplastic surgery (lid and orbital reconstruction, and laser skin resurfacing). She has treated thousands of Central Valley residents and their families. She is available for comprehensive eye examinations and special consultations.
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