Cataract Laser Surgery

Written by Patricia Skinner
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About Cataract Surgery

If you are having trouble with your vision such as blurring, fading of colors and perceiving light to be much brighter than it actually is you may be developing a cataract. Another sign can sometimes be when you find oncoming headlights much more dazzling than they used to be when you're driving at night, along with a general decline in night vision. The only way to find out for sure if you're developing cataracts is by visiting an ophthalmic surgeon for an evaluation.

Cataract laser surgery which was developed to replace the old way of operating on cataracts, is much safer and more effective than its predecessor. It is now so common, and so safe that there is no need at all to feel ill at ease if you discover that you're developing cataracts. Your specialist may advise that you don't have cataract laser surgery done right away, but he will want you to have it done before the cataracts "ripen" too much.

Cataract Laser Surgery Is So Safe!

Over 1.5 million people undergo cataract laser surgery every year in the United States. This means that the new techniques for cataract laser surgery have been well tried and tested. The more times an operation has been performed, the more collective information there is for specialists to draw on, and the more the technique is improved generally.

There are basically three ways of treating cataracts with surgery: Extracapsular surgery is where the lens is removed, but not the back half of its outer covering. Intracapsular surgery is where the entire lens and its capsule are removed, but this is rarely done. The most often used form of cataract laser surgery is phacoemulsification. Here, the lens is emulsified with ultrasound and the resulting liquid is removed. This method results in far less damage to the surrounding capsule than methods of bygone days, and is highly successful.

Although cataracts are now so treatable because of cataract laser surgery, they are still the major cause of vision loss in the surgery, and the number-1 cause of blindness throughout the world. Cataracts are not inevitable as you grow older. Good nutrition can go a long way towards preventing them, and even reversing them in some cases. But if you are experiencing symptoms that could be the start of cataracts, don't delay in seeing a specialist. No surgery is completely without risks, and with cataracts laser surgery there is a small risk of retinal detachment at a later date.

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