Cataracts occur when the natural lenses in your eyes become cloudy and make it difficult for you to see as clearly as you once did. Luckily, cataracts are common, natural, and treatable. In fact, cataract surgery is one of the most common outpatient procedures in the United States today.1
Traditional vs. laser-assisted surgery
When it comes to removing cataracts, your doctor will discuss two surgical cataract treatment options: traditional cataract surgery or laser-assisted cataract surgery.
Traditional Cataract Surgery
Traditional cataract surgery is very common, so try not to worry. Your eye surgeon will create a small incision in the side of your cornea. Then he or she will insert an instrument to break up the lens. The cataract pieces are then removed from your eye so your surgeon can insert an intraocular lens (IOL).
Laser Cataract Surgery
You and your doctor may decide laser surgery is your best treatment option, considering the specific condition of your cataracts. With laser-assisted cataract surgery, your surgeon uses the laser to create a tiny incision in your eye to soften and break up the cataract. Next, your surgeon will suction out the cataract pieces and insert your new IOL.
Choosing the lens for your lifestyle
There are a variety of eye lenses designed for different conditions and lifestyles, and each is built to help keep your vision clear and sharp over time.
1 Cataract. University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center. REF2014MLT0034.