Laser Cataract Surgery

Cataract Treatment | Laser Cataract Surgery Westborough MA | Worcester MA

What are Cataracts?

Cataracts affect millions of people each year, including more than half of all Americans age 60 and older. A cataract is the clouding of the eye’s natural lens. Cloudiness develops as a result of a buildup of protein in the lens. Cataracts can occur in either one eye or both eyes. If left untreated, cataracts will worsen over time and may lead to permanent vision loss or even blindness.

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Cataract Symptoms

  • Blurry, cloudy, or misty vision
  • Vision may be affected by small spots or dots
  • Vision worsens when lights are dim
  • Vision is sometimes worse when there is very bright light, or glare
  • Reading becomes difficult and eventually impossible
  • Glasses need to be changed more frequently
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Causes of Cataracts

The lens within the eye clouds naturally as we age, causing a gradual reduction of vision. There are numerous other causes of cataracts, including:

  • Injury
  • Medication
  • Illness
  • Diabetes
  • Alcohol use
  • Prolonged exposure to UV light
  • Smoking
  • Family history of cataracts
  • Exposure to radiation
  • A result of eye surgery

Diagnosis of Cataracts

A series of tests are performed in order to diagnose a cataract. Some of these tests may include:

  • A dilated eye exam
  • Visual acuity test
  • Tonometry

Cataract Surgery Procedure

Cataract surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that is typically performed on an outpatient basis using local anesthesia. Cataract surgery replaces the cloudy natural lens of the eye with a clear artificial lens, known as an intraocular lens (IOL). Cataracts affect more than half of all Americans age 60 and older causing a progressive, painless loss of vision, as well as:

  • Blurry or hazy vision
  • Spots in front of the eyes
  • Sensitivity to glare
  • A filmy feeling over the eye
  • Double vision
  • Poor night time vision
  • Vision that has a yellow tinge

What to expect during Cataract Surgery

Our doctors perform a minimally invasive, small-incision, no-stitch cataract surgery called phacoemulsification, also known as phaco, surgery. During this procedure, a tiny incision is made in the eye making room for a small ultrasonic probe. This probe breaks up, or emulsifies, the cloudy lens into tiny pieces. The lens pieces are then suctioned out through the probe. Because of its small size, the incision will be able to heal on its own with only a topical eye drop, so there are no injections or stitching in the eye at all.

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Laser Cataract Surgery Using Catalys

Cataract Treatment | Laser Cataract Surgery Westborough MA | Worcester MALaser-assisted cataract surgery using the Catalys system from OptiMedica offers the highest level of precision available today for this procedure. All cataract surgery is performed to remove the cloudy lens from the patient’s eye and replace it with an intraocular lens to restore vision. But laser-assisted cataract surgery with the Catalys femtosecond laser takes the level of customization much further than traditional cataract procedures. It is the only laser system created specifically for the surgical treatment of cataracts. Instead of just measuring and mapping the eye, the Catalys offers advanced optical coherence tomography to obtain much more detailed, high resolution images of the eye. Prior to the surgery, the doctor will take all of the information provided by these images to design a very specific, personalized surgical plan for that patient’s unique eyes. The Catalys system additionally features state-of-the-art image guidance technology that recognizes the various surfaces of the eye and generates safety zones that help the physician determine the optimal location for an incision and target the treatment area precisely.

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