Cataract Surgery with or without Laser Assistance

Cataract surgery is typically done on an outpatient basis and usually takes less than 15 minutes. Generally, topical anesthesia (numbing eyedrops) are used with gentle, light IV sedation.

The cataract removal happens through the most advanced microsurgery. Your eye’s natural lens capsule is left in place to help support the artificial lens replacement that is inserted during the procedure.

Phacoemulsification (FAY-co-ee-mul-sih-fih-CAY-shun) is the newer, more common form of cataract surgery in which a specially designed instrument is used to emulsify the cataract with ultrasound waves. The pieces are then vacuumed out. Only a very small incision, about 1/8 inch, is required in phacoemulsification. This procedure, commonly referred to as “phaco”, is now the most common form of cataract treatment surgery in the United States.

Laser Cataract Surgery was developed to assist or replace several aspects of the procedure that the surgeon does by hand. This concept is revolutionizing cataract surgery today and is ensuring the highest-precision surgical incisions. This translates into better surgical results and superior vision for the patient. The Catalys® Laser brings a new level of customization to cataract surgery, allowing each procedure to be specifically tailored to the individual’s eye. By adding computer control and laser precision to the key steps of cataract surgery, the Catalys® laser is the most technologically advanced option for cataract patients.