Cataract surgery is one of the true marvels of modern medicine. A cataract is typically a clouding of the natural lens that sits behind the iris (the colored portion of the eye.) Cataract surgery always involves making an opening in the front surface of the lens and then removing the contents of the lens capsule. This removal is currently done with an ultrasonic probe that simultaneously breaks up the lens and removes it from the eye. Many patients ask about the use of a laser for cataract surgery. At the present time a laser can be used to make the opening in the lens and to mildly break up the lens. However, an ultrasonic probe is still used to remove the contents. Dr. Swanic typically makes the opening mechanically without the use of a laser; however, he is certified to use both the Alcon LenSx and the J&J Catalys laser platform to make the opening and soften the lens prior to ultrasonic removal. During your consultation you can discuss the possibility of using this technology at the time of your cataract surgery. One thing that you will never experience at our practice is a hard push for “laser cataract surgery” as it has not been shown to offer any safety or outcomes advantage over conventional surgery. That said, laser cataract surgery is an incredible technological development and at some point it may provide advantages in one or both of these areas. The following video details how cataract surgery is typically performed.
Dr. Swanic strongly believes in advanced lens technologies for appropriate patients. During your cataract surgery consultation, we will discuss with you lens options that are custom suited for your eye. We have the most advanced technologies available for helping you determine the best option for your particular situation. We offer both multifocal and extended depth of focus intraocular lenses to help provide you with distance and near vision without glasses. However, we know that these lenses are not always the best choice for all patients and Dr. Swanic will discuss if they are suitable for your eye.
Many patients benefit from the placement of a toric intraocular lens that will help provide you with the best possible vision if you have preexisting corneal astigmatism. As a corneal specialist, Dr. Swanic has the most advanced technologies and clinical training to help you determine if this lens is right for your eye. Many patients do not need or desire any form of upgraded lens option. These patients can rest assured knowing that Dr. Swanic uses only the highest quality aspheric new technology lenses in all patients.