Traditional cataract surgery is considered to be one of the safest and most successful procedures performed in medicine today. Now, a technological breakthrough with bladeless laser cataract surgery is available, significantly improving the precision of several of the most critical steps in cataract surgery. With laser cataract surgery, your doctor will customize your procedure to your eyes’ unique characteristics, resulting in better visual outcomes while potentially making cataract surgery even safer, with faster healing.
Bladeless laser cataract surgery is performed in our outpatient surgical suite and only takes about twenty minutes. In addition to using the laser to create a stair-stepped, self-sealing incision to begin the procedure, an opening in the thin membrane bag-like structure that surrounds the natural lens can now be made with the laser. The laser also softens the cataract so that much less ultrasonic power is needed to remove the cataract, making the entire cataract procedure much gentler on the delicate fibers that surround the lens. This is especially important to centering and positioning Toric and Presbyopia Correcting IOLs. Bladeless laser cataract surgery is not an option for all patients. Your doctor at Hinsdale Eye Center will discuss whether or not this procedure is right for you.