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Today’s Cataract Procedures Eliminate Risk and Dramatically Accelerate Recovery

September 18, 2018

One of the most common fears that come with aging is the development of cataracts. If you develop them, you know the frustration that comes with their slow development over time robbing you of clear vision and the enjoyment of spending time doing things you love with your friends and family.

When you reach the point that cataracts have so affected your life that you need to seek surgery, it can be a very daunting situation. You’re placing one of the most valuable things in your life, your eyesight, in the hands of someone else. We’re going to walk you through the process of cataract surgery to show you what will be done, how it will be done, and how OCLI has a process to make the cataract removal journey as painless and frustration-free as possible.

Medical advancements have made cataract surgery one of the safest and most effective medical procedures in the world today. Over 3 million cataract surgeries take place every year, and very few have less than excellent results. The process is so advanced that in most cases you can have the surgery done in an outpatient procedure and be home the same day.

In cataract surgery, the eye surgeon will remove the lens from your eye that has been clouded by the cataract and replace it with a new, clear lens in the same location in your eye. In the past, that procedure had to be done by an eye surgeon using a blade. While this was effective and allowed for doctors to remove the cataract and restore vision, it opened up the possibility of a host of post-operative issues.

Those problems ranged from inflammation and infection to more serious complications such as a detached retina, glaucoma, loss of vision, or a second cataract. While the complications were not common, the use of blades and the possibility of damaging surrounding healthy eye tissue made them a possibility.

Today there’s a whole new way to do cataract .  The process is called high-definition cataract surgery. This procedure eliminates the use of blades in favor of a laser system similar to the lasers that are used to perform LASIK surgery. This means not only that it eliminates the possibility of healthy tissue being damaged by a wide blade, but also that the incisions on your eye will be at least 10 times more accurate in their location that could have been previously possible.

The system, called the Catalys Precision Laser System, will begin by creating a 3D map of your eye to allow the laser to make the most precise cuts for the elimination of the cataract. Once the incisions are made with the laser, the surgeon will then use the laser to soften and break apart the hard cataract. This will make the cataract easier to remove via suction from the eye.

The process is so focused on your eye with the specific 3D mapping that not only does it allow for the most accurate placement of the lens in your eye, it can also lead to reducing astigmatism.

The recovery time from the HD cataract surgery process is also found to be faster and with significantly fewer complications and downtime compared to the traditional blade-based surgical procedure.  Vision without glasses is also better with HD Cataract surgery!

If you have cataracts, HD cataract surgery can be the blessing you’ve been waiting to find. Dr. Silverman is an expert in HD cataract surgery, and he and the team at OCLI are standing by to help you break through to clear vision. Contact Dr. Silverman and the OCLI team today.

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