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Specialty / Cataract Surgery

Just as you have options when it comes to choosing the lens you receive during cataract surgery, you also have the option of choosing the technology that’s used to perform the procedure. This means you have the choice between surgery performed using hand held instruments or with the assistance of laser technology. Choose from:

  • Traditional cataract surgery
  • Bladeless laser cataract surgery
  • ORA-guided cataract surgery
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 divides the cataract with the ultrasonic probe. An intraocular lens is then placed inside the eye to help focus.

Bladeless Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery has had a major technical advancement develop over the past couple of years. In 2012, the femtosecond laser bladeless 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. Kathleen Leone, MD, FACS, Matej Polomsky, MD, Christopher Covington, DO and Travis Jenkins, MD of The LASIK Center of Wilmington Eye are pleased to offer femtosecond laser, a bladeless, computer-controlled laser that allows them to plan and perform your surgery to exacting, individualized specifications not attainable with other surgical methods.

Cataract surgery is one of the most common elective surgeries performed. It 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 bladeless 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.

The Advantages

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.

For more information regarding this procedure, contact us.

Cataract Surgery FAQs

Will I feel anything while the ORA System measurements are being taken?

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.

How effective is ORA-guided cataract surgery?

Compared to traditional cataract procedure, ORA-guided cataract surgery is proven to significantly improve your visual outcome.

How will the ORA System enhance my cataract procedure?

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.

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