Laser Cataract Surgery (Cataract Removal and Refractive Correction) – San Antonio, TX

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About Laser Cataract Surgery

Our San Antonio, TX eye surgeons, Dr. Allison Young, Dr. Kristin Held, and Dr. Teresa Whitney, 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.

Best Candidates

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. 

Follow-Up

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. 

Advanced Solutions

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.

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