Newark Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery
Eye Care of Delaware is a well-established provider of cataract surgeries in Newark, DE. We have helped countless Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania patients achieve better eye health and visual acuity. Blurred vision caused by cataracts is a persistent issue that can reduce a person’s quality of life. But with the help of traditional or laser-assisted cataract surgery, patients can get their vision restored with a quick, straightforward procedure.
Main Types of Cataract Surgery
Learning that you have a cataract can cause concern, but once you understand how your vision may be improved, you may actually become excited! And the risks with modern cataract surgery are very low. You should not be anxious or afraid of the procedure. Rest assured that Dr. Boyd utilizes the latest techniques, instruments, and intraocular lenses (IOLs) to provide excellent outcomes. A consultation will determine which of the following surgical options is most appropriate for treating your cataracts.
Traditional Cataract Surgery
Traditional (basic) cataract surgery involves creating a microscopic incision with a surgical steel or diamond blade. The cataract is then removed using an ultrasonic device (phacoemulsification) that breaks the cloudy lens into small pieces. These pieces are then gently removed from the eye using suction. Next, a clear intraocular lens (IOL) is inserted into the eye in the same location your natural lens occupied. The small incision seals itself naturally and allows for comfortable & rapid healing.
Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery
Cataract surgery can also be performed with the assistance of a laser. The Cataract and Laser Center is equipped with the CATALYS™ femtosecond laser. The Catalys Precision Laser System offers next generation technology that brings both laser precision and computer-guided consistency to cataract surgery. Treatments are tailored to each individual’s eye, making the experience better for patients and enhancing the accuracy, safety and visual results.
The femtosecond laser creates an incredibly precise surgical incision to access and remove the cataract. The laser also softens the lens, enabling Dr. Boyd to remove the cataract with significantly less ultrasonic energy than used in typical manual cataract surgery. This gentle, low energy approach reduces inflammation and helps speed recovery.
Like a fingerprint, your eye has a unique size and shape. Prior to treatment, the laser uses a high resolution 3-D imaging device to give Dr. Boyd a fully automated analysis of the cornea and lens surfaces. This enables Dr. Boyd to create a customized treatment plan just for you including the correction of astigmatism.
Benefits of Laser Cataract Surgery
- High precision in treating astigmatism
- Individually optimized 3D mapping
- Treatment with little to no discomfort
- Gentler, easier cataract removal
- Reduced inflammation for improved visual recovery time
Either type of procedure can be effective when performed by a skilled surgeon like Dr. Boyd. But, the precise, reproducible steps performed by the laser provide better lens positioning, less trauma to the eye and more predictable visual results. Dr. Boyd is always looking for ways to improve your surgical experience and is pleased to offer customized treatment options, including precise laser treatments and advanced technology lens implants.
Common Questions About Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery
Most patients will be awake during the surgical procedure. Technological advancements allow treatment to take place with just the use of mild topical anesthesia. Patients will be given eye drops that numb the eye during the treatment.