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Laser Cataract Surgery

Laser Cataract Surgery

Laser Cataract Surgery

Are you having trouble driving at night, reading the small print, or watching TV? These are typically the starting signs of a cataract. If you’re having trouble seeing or notice that images are starting to become more blurred, now is the time to schedule an evaluation with WK Eye Institute. Dr. Shelby and Dr. Coleman are highly trained ophthalmologists who specialize in refractive cataract surgery.

At The Cataract Surgeons, a division of WK Eye Institute, our top priority is to improve your vision and quality of life. From your first appointment to your last follow-up, we’ll make sure you fully understand the procedure and have the information needed for a quick and painless recovery. Alongside vision improvement, we aim to provide our patients with a stress-free cataract surgery experience and lasting patient care.

“For the FIRST TIME in 53 years, I can see without glasses – and colors are more vibrant than ever. The entire procedure was very quick and painless. No pain, relatively little discomfort, and hands-on, honest, and thoughtful treatment from a doctor with true integrity and caring. 100% of his surgical team was top notch. They were all equally attentive and treated all patients with genuine caring and help. Thank you, Dr. Coleman, for turning a scary situation into a dream come true.”

– Healthgrades Verified Patient, Nicholas E. Goeders

Do I Need Cataract Surgery?

Cataract surgery is a safe and effective treatment for individuals who suffer from cataracts (blurry vision, difficulty seeing at night, and other symptoms). If you’ve noticed your vision declining over the years, you may want to look into cataract surgery. Diagnosis over the web is impossible, so it’s vital that you meet with a skilled ophthalmologist to learn more about cataracts and to see if you’re a candidate for surgery.

Individuals who are diagnosed with cataracts experience one or all of these symptoms:

  • Blurry or clouded vision
  • Difficulty driving and seeing at night
  • Sensitivity to light (some report seeing “halos” around bright lights)
  • Frequent changes in corrective glasses and contact lenses as you age
  • Fading of colors or loss of vibrancy
  • Double vision

What is Cataract Surgery?

Cataract surgery is a procedure that involves removing the natural cloudy lens inside your eye and replacing it with a clear plastic artificial one. Electing to undergo this procedure will improve your vision, night vision, vibrancy, and general quality of life. Many patients report immediate improvement in sight and full recovery within a few days.

FAQ’s

Is Cataract Surgery safe?

Cataract surgery is one of the safest and most effective surgical procedures in the history of medicine. It is also the most performed surgery in the U.S. More than 98% of cataract surgery patients have an uncomplicated course and an excellent visual result.

What is “refractive” cataract surgery?

Refractive is a term used to describe whether an eye needs perception glasses to see clearly. People with nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism have a refractive error. Standard cataract surgery has the purpose of removing the cloudy cataract allowing more light into the eye. Refractive cataract surgery also has the goal of leaving a person free from, or less dependent on glasses by eliminating all nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism at the time of cataract surgery.

What does Cataract Surgery cost?

Standard cataract surgery is typically covered by almost every insurance plan covering outpatient surgery. Refractive cataract surgery to decrease or eliminated the need for glasses along with cataract surgery is considered elective by insurance providers. The out-of-pocket cost is $1,000-$3,000 per eye depending on the type of intraocular lens used.

How do I prepare for the procedure?

Preparation is relatively simple. Women are asked not to wear makeup around the eyes the day of surgery. Patients are asked to not eat or drink after midnight before the procedure, except for any usual morning meds with a small amount of water (the exception is diabetic meds which should be held the morning of surgery). Wear comfortable clothes to the surgery center. We will not require you to remove them, but just provide a gown to wear over the top. In most cases, all necessary eyedrops will be provided to you by WK Eye Institute at no additional charge.

Will I be put under anesthesia?

Typically, people are not put completely to sleep for cataract surgery and only require sedatives to be given through an IV. Eye drops are also used to numb the eye itself during the procedure and most people describe feeling the water flowing over the eye and feeling a mild amount of pressure.

What type of lens replaces my natural lens?

Virtually everyone undergoing cataract surgery in the U.S. will receive some form of an acrylic intraocular lens. There are many different lens manufacturers and types, but in basic terms, they fall into three categories: monofocal, toric, and multifocal. A monofocal IOL is the standard lens and typically targets good distant vision. Toric IOL’s are used to correct astigmatism from within the eye. Multifocal lenses provide quality distance and near vision with the purpose of decreasing the need for glasses while reading or seeing at distance. The particular lens will depend on the specific measurements of your eye, along with your vision goals.

Can I drive home after Cataract Surgery?

Driving is not allowed the day of surgery, mainly because of the sedation that is given. It is important that you arrange transportation to and from the surgical center to avoid accidents and potential after-surgery risks. Before your upcoming procedure, be sure to ask a close friend or family member for transportation. If you have no access to transportation for surgery, please let a member of our staff know and we will help you make arrangements.

What Can I Expect for Aftercare?

While many people report better vision the day after surgery, it is not uncommon to experience some haziness for a few days after the procedure. Pupil dilation can last a couple of days, and vision progressively improves as the pupil comes back to normal size. As a precaution, cataract surgery patients are asked to keep lifting under ten pounds for one week. You will also wear an eye shield while sleeping as a reminder not to rub the eye. Drops will be applied for about one month and a detailed schedule will be provided. Follow up visits are conducted about a day, a week, and a month after surgery. Pain is unusual and if it becomes significant, call your doctor.

Cataract Surgery

Finding The Best Eye Surgeon For Your Procedure

Choosing an eye surgeon isn’t an overnight decision. As you conduct your research on local cataract surgery providers, make sure to consider the following details –

  • Board Certification
  • Educational experience
  • Technological expertise
  • Use of modern equipment
  • Experience and customer testimonials
  • Surgical volume per year

As is true in all fields, people are usually good at what they do the most. It is essential when choosing a surgeon, to find someone who performs enough procedures to be very proficient; 1,000 per year is a good benchmark. In a surgical field heavily dependent on technology for optimal outcomes, it is important to find a surgeon with access to and experience using modern technology. Equally important as skills and experience is a surgeon that will take time to understand your particular needs and work with you to formulate a personalized plan that achieves your visual goals.

What Technology Is Used in Cataract Surgeries?

The Cataract Surgeons in Shreveport, LA use the following technologies and methods to effectively and safely correct your vision.

  • Incision Technology: The first step is to make an incision to access your eye’s lens. Doctors may use a scalpel or an ultra-short-pulse (femtosecond) laser, which allows for a more precise incision.
  • Capsulotomy: Removing the front lens capsule is very important. This may be done with a small needle and forceps or with a femtosecond laser. The remainder of the capsule must stay intact.
  • Phacoemulsification Procedure: Next, doctors use ultrasound technology to break up and remove the cloudy lens.
  • Intraocular Technology: After the ultrasound technology emulsifies your lens, the new lens is put in, and you are ready to begin the recovery process.

FAQ’s

If you are considering cataract surgery, it helps to understand the terms and options for the procedure. The following words and definitions are important to know:

What is a lens?

A lens is part of your eye that bends light to help you see clearly.

What is a cataract?

A cataract is best defined as a vision problem that limits your visibility and clarity, especially at night. Some symptoms include cloudy blurry, or even less colorful sight.

What is cataract surgery?

Cataract surgery is a procedure that removes the lens that is in your eye to replace it with one that allows you to see more clearly.

What is an intraocular lens?

An intraocular lens is a clear artificial lens that replaces your damaged lens during cataract surgery.

Schedule Cataract Surgery

If you’re having trouble seeing clearly at night, reading, or enjoying other activities because of your vision, contact The Cataract Surgeons right away. We’re dedicated to improving your vision quickly and effectively while providing a relaxing and comfortable experience! Contact us today to schedule an appointment and visit doctors who are committed to your care and experience.