About Laser Cataract Surgery
Our San Antonio, TX eye surgeons, Dr. Allison Young and Dr. Jana Waters, are highly trained and experienced in performing laser-assisted cataract surgery to restore clear vision. Laser cataract surgery utilizes femtosecond light technology to create the necessary incision in the cornea and break up the cataract. Once the cataract is removed, a cataract surgery can also become a refractive surgery with the use of specially designed intraocular lenses (IOLs). These artificial lenses can replace the natural lens that is removed in order to correct refractive errors, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, and age-related vision loss. Reach out to Stone Oak Ophthalmology Center to learn more.
"I am so please that I was recommended to this office as well to Dr. Allison Young. The office and the personal are professional and cheerful. I have Sjögren’s Syndrome which drys everything in your body. I honestly though I was going blind and I was seeing another ophthalmologist in a huge chain operation and it seems like I was going in every three months. I honestly couldn’t see. Dr Young saw me on the first visit and explained that I had a very large cataract in my right eye and it needed to be removed. I was extremely petrified but Dr. Young has the type of additive you want every Doctor to have. It was such an easy operation for me, Dr. Young said that it was so big it took her awhile to get it out. The difference was amazing I see amazing I was so amazed how little I was seeing before. So excited to get the other eye done. The after care was just as through as the pre-op. I recommend this Ophthalmology Center and Dr. Young. Today is January 8th of 2021 and the day before this I had a very gritty feeling in my right eye when I woke up. Just thinking it was my Sjogren's I put in the eye drops and it helped but I had double vision for the day. Knowing I could call Stone Oak Ophthalmology and find out if I need to see a Dr or just find out what I could do. They wanted to get me in but I live a across town and they got me an appointment right away the next day. I saw Dr. Whitney and just like Dr. Young, she took her time took the tests (she explained each test and her reason for taking them) and ended up finding out that I had Shingles in my right eye. I was then told it was a very good thing that I came in because it could be worse the longer you wait. I trust this office and my eye health whole heartily. I have always been treated with respect, professionalism, COVID responsible and I know my appointment was done to it's fullest to help both of us to understand what is happening with my eyes. Again I was afraid my eyesight was going to be gone and I have walked in there and them out knowing everything was being done that could be done. I also got to meet another one of these wonderful Doctors. Thank you Dr. Whitney, I'm not thrilled with having Shingles but thank you for informing me that getting the Shingles Shot is not a 100% it just makes it less infectious. I maybe miserable but it could of been a lot worse with out your insisting we do the testing and your hands on care it could be worse. If you are someone who needs an Ophthalmologist this is the group to go to."- R.P. / Google / Jan 08, 2021
"I love Dr. Young she’s definitely a great professional and friendly! Her concerns for my eye health is a priority. The Office Staff is professional and friendly too. I would highly recommend her."- C.E. / Facebook / Jul 15, 2020
"I am so please that I was recommended to this office as well to Dr. Allison Young. The office and the personal are professional and cheerful. I have Sjögren’s Syndrome which drys everything in your body. I honestly though I was going blind and I was seeing another ophthalmologist in a huge chain operation and it seems like I was going in every three months. I honestly couldn’t see. Dr Young saw me on the first visit and explained that I had a very large cataract in my right eye and it needed to be removed. I was extremely petrified but Dr. Young has the type of additive you want every Doctor to have. It was such an easy operation for me, Dr. Young said that it was so big it took her awhile to get it out. The difference was amazing I see amazing I was so amazed how little I was seeing before. So excited to get the other eye done. The after care was just as through as the pre-op. I recommend this Ophthalmology Center and Dr. Young."- R.M. / Google / Jun 02, 2020
"Dr. Whitney is excellent, caring and very professional. Her staff is professional, helpful and caring. Dr. Whitney’s surgery provided me with a 20/20 vision and I’m very grateful for that. I highly recommend."- R.C. / Google / Nov 27, 2020
"Dr. Teresa Whitney performed cataract surgery on both my left and right eyes in August 2020, and she did an absolutely AWESOME job! Like many, I was terrified of the procedure, and had deferred it for many years, until I was nearly blind - OK, I was legally blind. With GREAT anxiety, I submitted myself to Dr. Whitney's care, and I emerged from the first surgery absolutely amazed at the results. I was back her table a week later for the other eye, FAR less concerned with both the procedure and the outcome. I am now 20:20 in both eyes, no longer need glasses of any kind, and have for the first in over a decade, had the eyeglass restriction removed from my driver's license! I can honestly say, I'm very sorry that I have but only two eyes, or I'd be a repeat patient. Thank you, Dr. Whitney, for restoring my eyesight!!"- M.D. / Google / Sep 14, 2020
Patients are typically over the age of 40, in good general health, are free of eye infections, and have a cataract or cataracts that are severely impairing their sight. Patients with astigmatism may also qualify for laser cataract surgery, but not all individuals are good candidates, especially those who have undergone LASIK surgery. The laser technology used for cataract removal may negatively impact the corneal flap that was created during LASIK. Our surgeons will perform a comprehensive eye exam to determine whether laser-assisted cataract surgery is right for you, as well as which type of IOL you will need.
What to Expect
Laser-assisted cataract surgery is similar to traditional cataract surgery, but instead of creating a tiny incision with specialized tools to remove the cataract, the incision is made with advanced laser technology. The femtosecond laser will precisely cut through the cornea to access the eye's lens. The laser energy will then break up and remove the cataract, and an intraocular lens (IOL) will be inserted in its place. This is a fairly quick procedure and generally only takes about 15 minutes to complete.
The aftercare instructions for a laser cataract procedure will vary from patient to patient. Generally, you will feel some mild discomfort and light sensitivity after your procedure, which is why we recommend that patients go home and take a nap to let their eyes rest. Prescription eye drops may also be given and should be used as directed to help with your healing process. Symptoms, such as eye redness and blurred vision, are normal and may take up to several weeks to dissipate. Follow-up appointments will be scheduled at our San Antonio, TX office so we can monitor your progress.
If vision concerns are not treated right away, they can turn into serious issues, such as cataracts or total loss of vision. This is why we encourage all of our patients to receive routine eye exams to monitor their ocular health before severe vision problems arise. Contact Stone Oak Ophthalmology Center in San Antonio, TX to schedule an eye exam today. After our seasoned team evaluates your vision, we can determine if laser cataract surgery is your optimal method of treatment.