What is a Cataract and what is Cataract Surgery?

Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over 40. Today cataracts affect more than 22 million Americans age 40 and older. At some point in our life, we will all develop a cataract. The good news is that cataracts can be treated with one of the most successful outpatient procedures in the world today.

Your natural lens is mostly made of water and protein. It is arranged in such a way that it keeps the lens clear and allows light to pass through the lens and focus to a point creating a clear view. As we age, some of the protein can clump together and begin to cloud the lens making it harder to see. In an eye that has developed a cataract the light coming into the eye gets distorted, creating a blurred view, muting of colors, trouble with distance and reading vision and making it difficult to see. As cataracts are progressive, the visual disturbances will become bothersome enough to limit your daily activities and it is at that point most people seek medical treatment.

The treatment for cataracts involves surgery to remove the “clouded lens,” or cataract, and replacing it with a man-made lens called an intraocular lens implant (IOL). It is the most common surgical procedure performed in the US and is considered to be an extremely successful and safe procedure.

With traditional cataract surgery, many of the steps involved are customarily performed “manually” by the surgeon using handheld tools. Laser cataract surgery utilizing a femto second laser offers a great degree of precision and predictability to many of these steps without the use of a blade. Reducing manual methods can lead to improved visual outcomes throughout the entire cataract procedure. Using the FDA cleared Femto LDV Z8 Laser System by Ziemer; your surgeon can offer you incredible accuracy and the comfort of knowing that you have been provided the choice of a more predictable and customized cataract procedure.

Based on your medical history and pre-operative evaluation, you and your surgeon will discuss the options available for your desired visual result. Together you can talk about a treatment plan which may include using the Ziemer FEMTO LDV Z8 laser to create precise laser incisions in the cornea. Your choices may also include an advanced lens implant (IOL) that may allow for improved near, intermediate or distance vision. This tailored treatment approach may reduce your need for glasses or contact lenses after surgery.

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