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Ask the Experts: Cataracts

by Dr. David Tremblay

What’s the Difference Between Traditional and Laser Cataract Surgery and Does it Really Matter?

Cataract surgery has come a long way since the old days when surgeons used a needle to simply (and painfully) push the cataract out of the way. Newer techniques are minimally-invasive with faster healing, less risk and the opportunity for better vision.

The current technique for manual cataract surgery involves making a tiny incision and using micro-instruments to remove the cloudy natural lens (cataract). A plastic lens implant is then folded like an enchilada and inserted into the eye where it unfolds into position. The technique is termed ‘manual’ because it uses blades to make incisions and an ultrasound instrument to break the lens into pieces so it can be removed more easily.

In recent years, a laser was developed specifically to assist with cataract surgery. The laser performs many of the tasks of surgery that were previously done manually, but with incredible speed and precision. This increased precision can result in less inflammation, less risk of damage to fragile structures within the eye and faster recovery of vision. The procedure is comfortable and only takes a few seconds to perform.

Cataract surgery is indeed one of the safest and most effective surgical procedures performed today, but it’s still important to choose an established practice where the surgeons have focused training, plenty of experience, a commitment to the most advanced technology and a number of great outcomes. At Mann Eye Institute, our board-certified ophthalmologists have helped tens of thousands of people regain their vision and their lives using modern cataract surgery techniques.

Mann Eye Institute is at the forefront of research and technology in the treatment of cataracts. Wondering if it’s time for you to consider cataract surgery or not sure which type of cataract surgery is right for you? Take our Cataract Options Quiz to find out!

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