Laser Cataract Surgery
Throughout the years, cataract surgery has benefited from numerous advancements that have significantly improved the customization, efficiency, and effectiveness of this common ocular treatment. One recent advancement is the use of femtosecond laser technology, which Baltimore ophthalmologist Jay C. Grochmal, MD has adopted into his practice. While traditional cataract surgery can still be an ideal option for some individuals, the enhanced predictability and accuracy afforded by the femtosecond laser-assisted procedure can help Dr. Grochmal achieve an unmatched quality of vision in many patients.
Benefits of Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery
In comparison to traditional treatment techniques, cataract surgery with a femtosecond laser offers several advantages for qualified patients. Chief benefits of this innovative procedure may include:
- Computer-controlled 3D mapping of the eye(s) for improved predictability
- Unequaled treatment individualization
- Laser precision for the making of incisions and cataractous lens softening and splitting
- Gentler extraction of the cloudy lens (and consequently less energy use in its removal), as well as less chance of corneal damage
- More accurate and centered intraocular lens (IOL) placement
- Ability to correct corneal astigmatism
The Laser Cataract Procedure
Prior to surgery, Dr. Grochmal will use the computer-controlled femtosecond laser system to apply the ultra-precise measurements to your eye, allowing for an incredibly customized treatment. Once a surgical plan is in place, laser energy is utilized to create the corneal incisions, create a capsulorhexis to access the lens, and then fragment the eye’s clouded natural lens.
You will then be taken into the operating room, where the actual surgery of removing the cataract is performed. After gently removing the cloudy lens, Dr. Grochmal will then carefully implant the IOL in its place to enable clear focus of light onto the retina. The specific IOL will be predetermined in advance by you and Dr. Grochmal based on your unique needs.
Laser cataract surgery is typically performed as an outpatient procedure, often taking approximately 20 minutes to complete. To help maximize comfort throughout treatment, anesthetic eye drops will be applied at the start of the procedure. Rarely is sedation needed to perform the femtosecond laser part of cataract surgery.
As with any surgical procedure, there are certain risks associated with laser cataract removal, but these risks are generally few and far between when surgery is performed by a skilled and experienced ophthalmologist who takes every proper precaution. Dr. Grochmal will discuss the probability of any potential complications with you in full detail at the time of your consultation.
Recovery from Laser Cataract Surgery
Following femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery, you will likely be able to return home after about one hour. Dr. Grochmal will provide a protective eye shield that should be worn for a few days to keep your eye safe from harm. In addition, you will receive prescriptions for medicinal eyedrops to be used as advised. While it may take several weeks for the eyes to fully heal, most individuals can expect to notice improved visual acuity the day after surgery and continued improvement thereafter.
Contact Grochmal Eye Care
For more information about laser cataract surgery, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Grochmal to find out if this advanced treatment is right for you, please contact our practice online or by phone today.