Laser Cataract Surgery

What is a Cataract?

A cataract is a clouding of the eye's natural lens, which lies behind the iris and the pupil. The lens inside the eye, made mostly of water and protein, works much like a camera lens, focusing light onto the retina for clear vision and adjusting the eye's focus, letting us see things clearly both up close and far away.

The protein in the lens is arranged in a precise way that keeps the lens clear and lets light pass through it. But as we age, some of the protein may clump together and start to cloud a small area of the lens. This is a cataract, and over time, it may grow larger and cloud more of the lens, making it harder to see.

When your cataracts have progressed enough to seriously impair your vision and affect your daily life, it may be time to schedule a consult with one of our surgeons. Many people consider poor vision an inevitable fact of aging, but cataract surgery is a simple, relatively painless procedure to regain vision.

CATALYS® Precision Laser System

Cataract surgery involves removing the cataract and replacing it with an artificial lens. The surgeons at Surgery Center of the Pacific utilize one of the most technologically advanced procedures available, the CATALYS® Precision Laser System. Using this system, many key steps of the procedure that used to be performed with handheld instruments can be completed with the utmost precision using a laser. With the CATALYS® Laser, your surgeon can provide:

  • Customized treatment with advanced 3D imaging
  • Laser precise treatment
  • A gentle approach to surgery

Watch this short video to learn more about cataracts and the CATALYS® Precision Laser System:

Click here for technical details of the CATALYS® Precision Laser System.

Am I a Suitable Candidate for Laser Cataract Surgery?

If you are a cataract patient, you may be a suitable candidate for laser cataract surgery. You should not have laser cataract surgery if you have certain pre-existing corneal problems or eye implants; or if you are younger than 22 years of age. You must be able to lie flat on your back and motionless during the procedure. You must be able to tolerate local or topical anesthesia. Tell your doctor if you are taking any medications such as alpha blockers (like Flomax® to treat an enlarged prostate) as these medications may affect how the doctor does the cataract surgery. Your doctor will discuss your candidacy in more detail during your cataract evaluation exam.

Schedule a Consultation

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