Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in the world. Studies have shown that about 10% of all Americans suffer from cataracts. The number drastically rises with age, with 70% of Americans over the age of 75 suffering from cataracts. Despite the high number of people with cataracts, advances in technology have made cataract surgery one of the most successful surgical procedures in the world. Cataract surgery restores vision to patients and allows them to return to activities that may have been put on hold. With over one million cataract surgeries performed each year in the United States, cataract surgery has become the most common medical procedure.
The eye has a normal clear lens that is located behind the pupil. A cataract occurs when the natural lens in the eye becomes cloudy. The lens is responsible for focusing light on the retina. When a cataract is present the amount of light that reaches the retina is diminished. As the cataract develops and grows, less and less light reaches the retina which causes the vision to become worse. Depending on the size of the cataract, the clouding effect may have either a small or great impact on the vision.
Cataracts are typically related to aging but there are also other kinds of cataracts. Congenital cataracts are present at birth. An injury to the head or the eye may cause a traumatic cataract. Secondary cataracts may be the results of another eye disease or medications such as steroids.
Cataracts that are reach related often affect both people’s eyes. A patient may have a cataract in each eye but the cataract may develop at different paces. A cataract often is very slow in developing and the brain has time to process the reduction in vision. Some patients may not even be aware that they suffer from a cataract. On the other hand, some patients have a noticeable cataract and cannot see well enough to perform tasks that they would like to do.
Surgery only becomes necessary once the cataract starts to interfere with normal daily activities. There is no way to eliminate a cataract once it has developed in the eye, as once the cataract has become developed enough it will require surgery. Your eye doctor will determine when surgery is best for you. The surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure. Many patients will notice immediate results following their cataract removal.
Blade-Free Laser Cataract Surgery – LenSx® Laser
LenSx® blade-free laser cataract surgery is now available at Montgomery & Riddle Eyecare. At our practice, we treat our patients with state of the art technology. Thanks to modern medical advances, the LenSx® blade-free laser cataract surgery is one of the safest and most effective procedures performed today. Until recently, traditional cataract surgery was performed by surgeons using a hand-held blade to create incisions. This traditional method would take more time both in surgery and in recovery. With the new LenSx® laser, everything has changed as incisions are now made with a blade-free laser.
Laser cataract surgery modernizes today’s cataract procedure and now patients have the option of choosing a bladeless, computer-controlled laser to perform the most critical steps of cataract surgery. This advanced precision based technology operates with unparalleled accuracy and computer-control, helping our surgeons to customize your treatment. While most patients’ eyes share the same basic anatomical structure, they do vary widely in terms of depth, curvature of the cornea, lens position and depth of space behind the cornea along with some other basic features.
What is the LenSx difference?
With traditional cataract surgery, your surgeon makes incisions and removes the old lens using traditional surgical instruments and blades. When you choose the LenSx® laser approach you will enjoy the benefits of:
- Enhanced distance vision with the correction of astigmatism either from the LenSx® laser or a Toric lens implant
- Increased accuracy during your procedure
- Reduced treatment and recovery period
- A Blade-Free surgical procedure
- Also can include vision options – choosing a lifestyle premium lens implant (blended monovision, toric, or multifocal implants)
The LenSx® laser uses a series of advanced technologies including the Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) that captures incredibly accurate, real time high definition images of your eyes throughout the cataract procedure. This sophistication in measurement and data collection were previously unavailable for surgeons in the past and this gives our already skilled surgeons at Montgomery & Riddle Eyecare more information to help improve your outcome. Many of our patients return to their normal routine the day after cataract surgery, with their vision crisper and more vibrant visible colors. The incredibly advanced LenSx® laser was created specifically for performing the most important parts of cataract surgery. More than 99% of cataract surgery patients describe their vision as considerably improved.
The LenSx® laser features:
- Femtosecond laser pulses -one quadrillionth of a second
- An unmatched targeting system to localize specific targets in the eye
- An optical delivery system to accurately deliver laser pulses to desired targets in the eye
- A computer controller to perform clinical procedures
Cataract surgery at Montgomery & Riddle Eyecare using the LenSx® laser is the most technologically advanced option available. For more information about blade-free laser cataract treatment with the LenSx® or to see if you qualify please schedule a consultation by calling one of our offices located Clinton, Saluda, Newberry, and Greenville (864) 833-0038 or (800) 833-0620 today. ORA System™ has been helping doctors deliver the best possible outcomes to their laser cataract surgery patients.
The ORA system offers many benefits to both doctors and patients, such as:
- Helping your surgeon achieve better results and provide you an improved quality of vision
- Giving your surgeon an added level of confirmation for an optimal outcome
- And if you have astigmatism, the ORA System™ may improve the accuracy of your correction to help reduce the need to wear eyeglasses after surgery
ORA System™ is a big advancement in eye lens surgery, allowing doctors to make the best choices during surgery as to what will benefit your eyesight the most. The ORA system™ is especially helpful in astigmatic patients. Because ORA uses Wavefront technology to analyze imperfections in the eye and what is causing refractive error, your surgeon knows exactly what needs to be corrected. Also, ORA can tell during surgery whether or not the eye is focused, and if it is not, the ORA system™helps the surgeon focus the eye. If you are considering refractive surgery or cataract surgery in the Clinton, Saluda, Newberry, and Greenville areas, ask your Montgomery & Riddle Eyecare doctor about the ORA system!