The addition of laser technology has greatly impacted how ophthalmologists perform a number of vision correction surgeries, including cataract surgery. One of the nation’s top cataract surgeons, Charleston ophthalmologist Dr. Kerry Solomon stays abreast of the latest advances in the field. In this blog post, he discusses how laser technology can enhance cataract surgery.
How It Works
Traditional cataract surgery involves using handheld instruments to create the initial corneal incision that allows the surgeon to access the capsule that holds the cataract-clouded lens.
Laser cataract surgery eliminates the need for these handheld blades. Instead, a computer-guided laser creates self-sealing incisions on the surface of the cornea, opens up the front of the capsule and gently breaks up the cloudy lens.
More Vision Correction Options
Dr. Solomon offers laser-assisted cataract surgery to patients who have chosen multifocal lenses, as well as those who wish to reduce their dependence on glasses by correcting their astigmatism at the time of surgery. Either on its own or combined with an advanced astigmatism-correcting lens, the laser allows surgeons to correct astigmatism more accurately than before.
The use of a computer-guided laser allows for an even more precise and efficient cataract removal process. Before surgery, technicians will perform detailed in-office testing to determine the eye’s unique measurements and create a detailed, three-dimensional map of the eye. This map allows the surgeon to calibrate the laser and personalize the procedure to the patient’s specifications, ensuring precise results.
Not everyone is a candidate for laser cataract surgery. Both traditional and laser cataract surgery are safe and reliable. Each procedure has its advantages, which Dr. Solomon can discuss with you during an in-office consultation. To schedule an appointment please contact our Charleston office at (843) 881-3937 or request an appointment online.