Posted by: Associates in Ophthalmology (NJ) in Cataracts

Cataracts usually begin to develop in people in their fifties. They are a natural part of the aging process in the eye, so there is not much you can do to prevent them.

The best way to restore vision affected by cataracts is through cataract surgery. At Associates in Ophthalmology, our cataract surgeons offer both the new and advanced laser cataract surgery and traditional cataract surgery.

Keep reading to learn if you will recover more quickly after laser cataract surgery!

What Are Cataracts?

Cataracts tend to develop slowly and often cause gradual vision changes. Cataracts start as a small clouding in the lens of your eye.

This does not block out much light, and you will likely not notice any change in your vision. As time passes, the cataract grows more prominent, and the lens begins to cloud and harden, letting less light through. 

Glasses can be used to manage up to a point, but eventually, they will not be able to clear your vision sufficiently. Cataract surgery is the only way to deal with cataracts once they start affecting your vision. 

People are often concerned about recovering after the operation, which can make them put it off. There is no need to be afraid of cataract surgery. 

The surgery is a pretty simple procedure. It still needs a skilled surgeon, but it is minimally invasive, so recovery is not typically difficult. 

A big part of this is that cataract surgeons now use lasers.

What Happens During Laser Cataract Surgery?

To remove the cataract, the entire lens has to be removed. Your cataract surgeon will first numb your eye with eye drops.

Then, they will make a small opening in the cornea. To make this opening, your cataract surgeon will use a laser during laser cataract surgery. 

Laser cataract surgery is up to ten times more accurate than traditional cataract surgery. Lasers can also soften the lens inside the eye, making it easier to remove and speeding up the surgery. 

Once your cataract surgeon removes the natural lens, they will replace it with a synthetic lens and close the incision. The incision is so precise that there is no need for stitches or glue to keep it shut. 

The tissue quickly attaches to itself. Laser cataract surgery makes your recovery faster with less inflammation. 

What is CATALYS? 

Cataract surgeons at Associates in Ophthalmology in Long Island, NJ, use the Catalys Precision Laser System to deliver incredible results. It is the most sophisticated laser cataract surgery system in the world. 

Catalys allows the surgeon to customize your treatment to your needs. This means more comfort and less risk. 

Using 3D imaging software, Catalys makes a map of your eye. The software uses this map to guide the laser with superhuman perfection. 

The opening the laser creates in the cornea is precisely as big as it needs to be and perfectly circular. In standard cataract surgery, sound is used to break apart the lens. 

Thanks to the softening laser of Catalys, less sound can be used, making the procedure much more gentle. Your cataract surgeon only needs to use the laser system for a few minutes. 

You will likely be able to return to most of your everyday routine the day after surgery. Your vision should continue improving as your eye heals over the following week.   

With the right IOL, Catalys can reduce your need for glasses significantly. Talk with your eye doctor during your cataract evaluation about how to select the right IOL for you. 

Are you ready to see if laser cataract surgery is right for you? Schedule a cataract evaluation at Associates in Ophthalmology in Great Neck, NY, today!