Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss. Over 20 million Americans over 40 suffer from them. Fully half of those 80 and older have vision impaired by cataracts. Fortunately cataracts can be removed from the eye by means of surgery.
Modern cataract surgery makes use of sophisticated imaging equipment that makes a map of the unique contour of each eye. A laser is then used to make an incision in the lens of the eye. The clouded lens is then removed and a new one put into its place. Because extremely precise devices automate the surgical procedure, there is less trauma to the eye. Healing time is reduced, restoring patients to clear vision.
Among the most common surgical procedures, cataract surgery can nevertheless be intimidating. For many suffers, safety concerns and fears of complications after the operation can lead them to avoid surgical restoration of vision.
Fortunately, a ground-breaking scientific study on the LASIK procedure has been issued by the FDA. Focusing on the efficacy and safety of the LASIK procedure, researchers gathered data about vision symptoms and general quality of life before and three months after undergoing the LASIK.
The results were conclusive:
- 95% of patients had 20/20 or better vision following surgery
- Symptoms such as halos, ghosting, and starburst decreased after LASIK
President of the Refractive Surgery Alliance (RSA) Dr. Lance Kugler was pleased with the study’s findings. “The data confirm what patients and their refractive surgeons have known for many years: That LASIK is a safe and effective treatment for the correction of myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism.”
While the study will help assure those who suffer vision loss but who are reluctant to seek LASIK treatment, the information will have a wider impact on the science and technology of ophthalmic procedures.
Dr. Greg Parkhurst, incoming president of the RSA, sees the way forward.
“Our goal with LASIK is to continually enhance our pre-operative diagnostics and surgical techniques to provide patients a higher quality of vision than is possible with corrective eyewear. The Refractive Surgery Alliance puts high value on studies of LASIK outcomes. We will continue to address the small percentage of patients who are not fully satisfied with their outcomes.”
Over 16 million LASIK procedures have been performed in this country over the past two decades. And while patient satisfaction is high, there is a very small risk of postoperative complication. According to Kugler, “Occasional complications can occur after LASIK. Fortunately, most are transient. The RSA and many LASIK surgeons around the world are continually striving to make the results better and to eliminate all complications. This report confirms that those efforts are having an impact.”
Dr. Cary Silverman and the OCLI team have the most advanced, state-of-the-art LASIK technology at their disposal. If you’re considering laser cataract surgery, Dr. Silverman and his team can explain the process and help you decide the best option for your unique vision needs. Contact us today.