More than half of Americans develop some form of cataracts by the age of 80. If you’re tired of dealing with cloudy vision and not being able to see well at night the experienced team at Eye Surgeons Associates offers advanced laser cataract surgery at their offices in Canton and Monroe, Michigan. Laser cataract surgery offers many benefits over traditional surgery, including precision and faster recovery. To learn more about this innovative new procedure, call the experts at Eye Surgeons Associates.
Your eyes have a clear natural lens that bends, or refracts, light to help you see. Unfortunately, cataracts can develop when your lens loses its natural clarity and becomes cloudy or hazy.
While cataracts may start to form due to an eye injury, eye surgery, long-term use of steroid medications, or health conditions like diabetes, it most often develops as you age. In fact, most people with cataracts are over the age of 60, though your vision often begins to change in your 40s.
Gradual vision changes are a telltale sign that you may have cataracts. Some of the most common cataract symptoms include:
If you experience any of the symptoms above for an extended period of time, contact Eye Surgeons Associates for a comprehensive eye exam.
The only way to correct advanced cataracts is through surgical intervention. During this procedure, your eye surgeon or ophthalmologist completely removes your cataract-diseased lens and replaces it with an artificial lens, so you can see clearly once again.
Traditional cataract surgery involves making a tiny incision in the eye with a manual surgical device. While effective, traditional surgery carries a risk of bleeding, infection, swelling, and more.
Laser cataract surgery allows your ophthalmologist more control and precision over this procedure. While human eyes are similar in many ways, each has a slightly different depth, size, and curve of the cornea. Laser surgery uses the most advanced technology to map out your eyes to provide the most precise and individualized treatment possible.
Rather than manual tools, your provider uses a femtosecond laser — a special type of laser that emits optical pulses in the shortest amount of time. Your ophthalmologist also uses a laser to break up the diseased lens before removing it entirely. With the added precision of laser technology, your recovery time is shorter than it would be after using a mechanical blade.
Though laser cataract surgery is relatively new, many patients report clearer vision than after traditional cataract surgery. To learn more about this groundbreaking treatment, call the team at Eye Surgeons Associates.