Different Types of Cataract Surgery
Thanks to advancements in the medical field, cataract surgery is now quicker, safer, and more effective than ever before. Patients have the ability to choose between a variety of cataract surgery options that can decrease and even eliminate the need for glasses or contacts. At Wilmington Eye, we offer different options for your procedure, including the most advanced form of cataract surgery: blade-free cataract surgery. From the type of lens implanted to the procedure used, your surgeon will work with you to understand your vision goals and then determine the best cataract procedure for your vision needs. Since 1975, our team of board-certified surgeons have helped thousands of patients see clearly following cataract surgery.
Please keep in mind that some options may not be suitable for all patients. Your ophthalmologist will determine the best procedure for your vision needs.
Traditional Cataract Surgery
With traditional cataract surgery, the surgeon manually makes the corneal incision with a blade, manually creates the opening in the front of the capsular bag, and manually breaks up the cataract with an ultrasonic probe. The cataract is then suctioned out of the eye using ultrasonic energy. An intraocular lens, also referred to as an IOL, is then placed inside the eye to help focus. Sutures are rarely needed for traditional cataract surgery. Traditional cataract surgery is covered by most insurances, including Medicare.
Traditional cataract surgery is the only type of cataract surgery that is completely covered by insurance (including Medicare). Following traditional cataract surgery, your cataract will be safely removed and your clear vision will be restored.
Blade-free Laser Cataract Surgery
Cataract surgery has had a major technical advancement develop over the past couple of years. In 2012, the femtosecond laser blade-less cataract procedure was FDA approved. As a practice, we are and always have been, dedicated to state of the art eye care for our patients. We are continually looking for better ways to serve our patients and deliver the visual outcomes you demand. So we are especially pleased to announce that our practice now utilizes the most technologically advanced option for cataract surgery— the femtosecond laser. The femtosecond laser revolutionizes the way cataract surgery is performed. This blade-less, computer-controlled laser allows your surgeon to plan and perform your surgery to exacting, individualized specifications not attainable with other surgical methods.
The femtosecond laser is an advanced, precision-based technology that operates with unmatched accuracy and computer control, helping your surgeon customize the procedure for your eye. It is unquestionably the most technologically advanced option for cataract patients to be developed in the past decade. Choosing femtosecond laser-assisted refractive cataract surgery can provide the benefits of a blade-free approach and a full range of vision when combined with a multifocal lens implant.
Cataract surgery is typically an outpatient procedure requiring only a small amount of time and regardless of the technology you choose, most patients are generally able to return to their daily activities shortly after their cataract surgery. By adding computer control to key steps of cataract surgery, the femtosecond laser ensures the highest-precision surgical incisions. The femtosecond laser is unquestionably the most technologically advanced option for cataract patients like you.
Life Changing Results in Minutes
With blade-less laser cataract surgery, the femtosecond laser automates these challenging steps of cataract surgery in a personalized protocol. Your surgeon combines the femtosecond laser with real-time image-guided features to create small incisions with a higher degree of precision. Your astigmatism can be accurately treated with this technology at the same time the cataract is removed! Femtosecond laser uses light energy to open and soften the cataract in a predictable manner. Whichever technique you choose, most patients are back to their normal activities after the first week. The results are life-changing.
ORA-Guided Cataract Surgery
The ORA System is a revolutionary new way to analyze your eye during your premium cataract procedure allowing your surgeon to tailor treatment to your individual eye. ORA measurements are used to guide your surgeon to help ensure you get the best possible vision.ORA measurements are taken during surgery after the cataract is removed and your surgeon has a clear view of your eye. The ORA System gives your surgeon an analysis of the eye during your procedure, enhancing the outcome of your cataract procedure.
One of the strongest advantages of ORA-guided cataract surgery allows the surgeon to analyze the true corneal power. Over the past two decades, many more patients have undergone refractive surgery, which changes the shape of the cornea. The ORA system allows the surgeon to better predict lens power in a cornea that has undergone refractive surgery. The ORA System is compatible with all premium lens implants and technologies so you can be confident regardless of the cataract procedure option you select. Whether you’ve had LASIK, or have astigmatism, an ORA-guided cataract procedure gives you the security of knowing you can have the best possible outcome and reduces the chance of needing an additional procedure.
One team of board-certified ophthalmic surgeons can help determine which cataract procedure is right for you. To find out more about cataract surgery, contact us today to schedule a Cataract Consultation.
Cataract Surgery FAQs
Anesthetic drops are used to numb your eye in order to ensure you are comfortable throughout your cataract procedure. The ORA System does not touch your eye and all measurements are easily taken while you focus on a flashing light.
Compared to traditional cataract procedure, ORA-guided cataract surgery is proven to significantly improve your visual outcome.
ORA is a revolutionary new technology that provides detailed measurements of your eye. These detailed measurements enable your surgeon to better predict which implant power is appropriate for your eye.