About Laser Cataract Surgery
At The Eye Center of Southern Indiana, we serve Bloomington, IN, Ellettsville, Bedford, Columbus, and Seymor with the most advanced diagnosis and treatment methods available for cataract-related procedures. Cataracts are a clouding of the eye's natural lens that typically begin to develop after the age of 40. Because the lens itself cannot be repaired, cataract surgery involves replacing the natural lens with a synthetic IOL (intraocular lens). Laser cataract surgery is done with advanced technology that can chart out the surface of the eye to apply a precise, bladeless incision, greatly reducing the chances of infection. You can arrange an evaluation with any of the skilled physicians at The Eye Center to learn whether you may be a good candidate for laser cataract surgery.
What are the benefits of Laser Cataract Surgery?
There are many benefits to laser cataract surgery, including:
- More precise treatment
- Less swelling and downtime following treatment compared to traditional cataract surgery
- A more predictable vision outcome
- Consistent incisions
- Faster healing times
Who is an ideal candidate for Laser Cataract Surgery?
Candidates for laser cataract surgery may be experiencing cloudy vision due to cataracts that are worsening over time and affecting their quality of life. In order to receive cataract surgery, you should:
- Diagnosed with cataracts
- Be in overall good health
- Not have any other existing eye conditions that could affect healing
- Desire a quicker healing time and recovery
During your initial consultation with one of our physicians, we will be able to identify if you are a good candidate for this procedure.
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How Does Laser Cataract Surgery Work?
Around 30 – 45 minutes before laser cataract surgery, a professional team member thoroughly numbs the patient’s eyes by administering specialized eye drops. Laser cataract surgery is similar to traditional cataract surgery, but we implement state-of-the-art laser technology to identify the perfect incision site, make a safe and sterile incision, and remove the clouded lens. After the cataract is removed, your ophthalmologist will insert the artificial lens. Laser cataract surgery technology creates excellent outcomes with a smoother recovery period, thanks to the technology's extraordinary capabilities. Laser cataract surgery is generally a brief outpatient procedure completed in less than 30 minutes. The healing period for laser cataract surgery ranges from 4 – 8 weeks, depending on the patient. As part of a consultation at The Eye Center of Southern Indiana, one of our highly trained ophthalmologists will be able to go over any prospective limitations, in addition to each patient’s most effective treatment options. Our physicians ask that all laser cataract surgery patients come back in for a few follow-up exams to keep an eye on the healing process.
Laser cataract surgery FAQ
How safe is laser cataract surgery?
Laser cataract surgery is very common and is generally considered a safe procedure, producing life-changing results in countless patients worldwide. The Eye Center of Southern Indiana uses top-of-the-line technology — so your surgery is both precise and comfortable. Our team has years of experience performing cataract surgery and is proud of our results.
What are the costs of cataract surgery?
The cost of cataract surgery varies based on factors that can be discussed during your consultation. Our staff in Bloomington, IN, can work with your insurance company to help you get the best coverage possible. We can also provide information about third-party financing to help you budget for out-of-pocket costs.
How can I prepare for cataract surgery?
Each of our physicians thoroughly prepares each patient — so they understand the basics of cataracts and how laser treatments are performed. Because some medications can increase your risk of complications, it's important to disclose your prescriptions and supplements to our team. You should also let us know about any medical conditions that may could your recovery.
Safer Cataract Removal
When neglected, cataracts will severely affect your daily activities and gradually result in a total loss of vision. However, with the help of laser cataract surgery at The Eye Center of Southern Indiana, you can rid yourself of cataracts and dramatically improve your vision. We urge patients who have cataracts to call our Bloomington, IN practice right away for a consultation with one of our highly skilled physicians.