Safe and Effective Laser Cataract Surgery Can Provide More Accurate Results 

At Byrd Eye Clinic, we incorporate the latest ophthalmology technology to provide more accurate and successful care. In particular, our office performs laser cataract surgery to provide significant benefits to patients in the Detroit, MI, area. Using precise laser technology, Dr. Thomas J. Byrd can gently and carefully remove the cataract-obscured lens from your eye, and replace it with a state-of-the-art artificial lens. Laser surgery is able to offer less-invasive and more accurate results than traditional cataract surgery. Contact our office today to learn more.

How Laser Cataract Surgery Works

A cataract is a clouding of proteins that form the lens of your eye, and can distort and limit vision. Traditionally, these clouded lenses are removed manually. The procedure involves using a thin keratome blade to make an incision in the cornea, removing the clouded lens, and placing a monfocal intraocular lens (IOL) implant by hand. Now, however, the Alcon LenSx® femtosecond laser enables Dr. Byrd to perform this surgery using ultra-precise laser technology.

Graphic depicting stages of laser cataract surgery

During laser cataract surgery, Dr. Byrd will use our state-of-the-art Alcon LenSx® femtosecond laser to create tiny incisions in your eye. Then he creates a perfectly sized and round opening in the capsule around your lens. He can then soften the cataract, and carefully break apart and remove the lens. The laser then precisely corrects your astigmatism. Dr. Byrd will then place your traditional or premium multifocal IOL implant. In many cases, he will use our ORATM System to determine the right power IOL for your needs. 

Like many patients, you may have cataracts in both eyes. In these cases, Dr. Byrd will schedule your second surgery about two weeks after your first. Before he performs the second procedure, he will examine your first eye to ensure that it is healing properly and that you are satisfied with the results. Using this two-stage approach, he can make the recovery process easier and safer. In addition, you will be able to go about most of your daily activities while you are healing.

The Benefits of Laser Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery can dramatically improve your eyesight and quality of life. However, laser cataract surgery offers several additional unique benefits. Lasers enable Dr. Byrd to perform incredibly precise procedures. The Alcon LenSx® femtosecond laser will create a perfectly sized, centered and round hole in the capsule of your eye to access your clouded lens, a task nearly impossible with traditional methods. The laser also allows him to soften the cataract before breaking the lens into fragments for easier removal, causing less trauma to the surrounding eye tissues.

Over 90 percent of our patients who receive laser treatment will no longer require corrective eyewear at distance, and can pass a drivers test without glasses.

The accuracy of lasers also ensures more predictable and stable results. The advanced technology enables more precise placement of standard and premium IOLs. In addition, laser cataract surgery is able to provide more significant improvement to vision. Over 90 percent of our patients who receive laser treatment will no longer require corrective eyewear at distance, and can pass a drivers test without glasses. Typically, you will still need glasses to read fine print, but you would not depend on corrective lenses for most of your day-to-day activities.

Dr. Byrd uses the laser to place all premium IOLs, including multifocal and accommodating lenses. Because of this approach, he can achieve more predictable results during these complex procedures. Following cataract surgery with premium lenses, you can enjoy dramatically improved vision. 

Astigmatism Correction 

Another major benefit of laser cataract surgery is that Dr. Byrd can accurately address astigmatism. With the laser, he is able to round the shape of your eye with limbal relaxing incisions (LRI). He is also able to place toric IOLs, which can correct higher amounts of astigmatism beyond the reach of laser alone.

Find out How Laser Cataract Surgery Can Improve Your Life

Come find out why more patients are choosing laser cataract surgery. Contact our office today for further information and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Byrd. 

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