Traditional Cataract Surgery vs. Laser Cataract Surgery

January 29, 2016 — by Thomas Byrd, MD
Tags: Cataract Surgery Eye Care

A smiling woman using a laptop computer after successful laser cataract surgeryCataract surgery is one of the safest and most dependable procedures in the history of medicine. Without it, cataracts - still the leading cause of blindness worldwide, according to the World Health Organization - would rob millions of Americans of their vision annually. Cataracts remain incurable. The surgical removal of the eye’s natural lens and subsequent replacement with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) are the only method of treating cataracts.

Traditional cataract surgery continues to be a highly effective solution to cataracts, which is why Dr. Thomas Byrd offers it as an alternative to the latest innovation in cataract removal, laser cataract surgery. Laser cataract surgery represents the safest, most advanced, and most precise way to remove the diseased natural lens of the eye available. Dr. Byrd is pleased to perform laser eye surgery of the highest standard for patients who opt for this technological breakthrough.

Dr. Byrd discusses the issue of traditional cataract surgery vs. laser cataract surgery during consultations at his Detroit, MI eye care center so that patients can make confident, informed decisions as to which version of the procedure to undergo. We invite you to read the following article comparing the two techniques of cataract removal and then schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Byrd.

About Cataract Surgery

During cataract surgery, Dr. Byrd must access the clouded natural lens of the eye by making incisions first in the cornea and then in the capsule in which the lens is held. These incisions must be made with extraordinary care. The foremost goal is not to damage the delicate structures of the eye, of course; however, making circular incisions of exactly the right size in exactly the right location in the lens capsule is essential to the success of the placement of the IOL that restores post-surgical vision.

Traditional Cataract Surgery

In traditional cataract surgery, Dr. Byrd makes the initial incisions in the cornea with a hand-held blade. He then uses a precision surgical instrument to create a circular opening in the lens capsule. Ultrasound energy is used to break the cataract into pieces so that it can be removed through the circular opening, after which the IOL is placed.

Laser Cataract Surgery

In laser cataract surgery, hand-held surgical instruments are replaced by the remarkably precise Alcon LenSx™ femtosecond laser. Although surgical blades are extremely safe, especially in the hands of an experienced surgeon such as Dr. Byrd, no manual device can compete with the precision of a laser. In clinical trials, the femtosecond laser has been shown to create lens capsule incisions approximately ten times more precise than manual instruments. In addition, the laser is used to assist in breaking up and softening the cataract, which reduces the amount of ultrasound energy used during the procedure. This, in turn, may allow patients to recover from surgery more rapidly.

Learn More about Traditional vs. Laser Cataract Surgery

To learn more about traditional cataract surgery compared to laser cataract surgery, please contact Byrd Eye Clinic today.

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