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Traditional Cataract Surgery vs. Laser Cataract Surgery: The Difference Explained

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As medical technology continues to evolve, patients are offered a variety of options for their treatment plans. One of these advancements is in cataract surgery, where patients can choose between traditional and laser-assisted surgery at their laser cataract surgery center.

At Albemarle Eye Center, we aim to provide our patients with the most comprehensive and detailed information possible, enabling them to make an informed decision regarding their treatment.

What is Traditional Cataract Surgery?

Traditional cataract surgery involves creating a small incision on the side of the cornea by hand using a scalpel. A small instrument is then inserted through this opening, going behind the pupil to reach the lens sitting in a capsule. 

The cloudy lens is then broken up using ultrasound waves and suctioned out. After that, an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) is inserted (such as a Traditional Monofocal Lens, Astigmatism Correct Lens (Toric Lens), or Presbyopia Correcting Lens (Multifocal Lens)), replacing the natural lens. This procedure is well-known for its safety, effectiveness, and self-sealing incision, which usually doesn’t require stitches.

What is Laser Cataract Surgery?

At an advanced laser and cataract center, laser-assisted cataract surgery harnesses the power of advanced technology to deliver more precision and potentially better results. The procedure begins with a 3D imaging of the patient’s eye, which allows the surgeon to map out the unique characteristics of the patient’s eye and its cataract.

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At Albemarle Eye Center, we use the LenSx® femtosecond laser to create an opening in the front layer of the lens, breaking up the cloudy lens and making the incisions in the cornea. The lens fragments are then gently suctioned out, and an appropriate intraocular lens is inserted. The incision, like traditional cataract surgery, usually doesn’t require stitches.

Comparing the Two Procedures

Both traditional and laser-assisted cataract surgeries aim to improve the patient’s vision by removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with an artificial one. While both procedures are highly effective, the key difference lies in the technology and methodology. Traditional surgery relies on handheld instruments like a blade, whereas laser cataract eye surgery uses the femtosecond laser for increased precision and safety.

Also, recovery times for both surgeries are typically the same, with most patients noticing improved vision within the first 24 hours. Ultimately, the decision between traditional and laser cataract eye surgery should be made after a detailed consultation with your ophthalmologist. Book your cataract consultation with Albemarle Eye Center today.


 **The information offered in this blog is not intended to substitute expert medical advice. Always seek a qualified healthcare professional for any questions or concerns you may have regarding your specific medical condition.**

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