Cataract and Laser Surgery Consultation Calgary
Do you want to ditch your glasses?
Is your vision feeling foggy?
Laser and cataract surgery are safe, common procedures that correct myopia (nearsightedness), astigmatism, and cataracts. They give you the freedom from contact lenses and glasses that you crave.
We offer recommendations at the end of our eye exam. We examine your eyes, review your options, and offer recommendations on ophthalmology centres that we partner with and trust.
We offer post-surgical care to make sure your eyes recover well.
What is a cataract?
A cataract is the clouding of the lens of the eye, which would normally be clear. Cataracts typically develop slowly over the course of many years, with the main symptom being cloudy or blurry visions. Many compare having cataracts to looking through a fogged-up windshield or blurry window.
Cataracts are caused by aging or injury when the tissues in the eye’s lens begin to change or break down. At first, the vision issues that they create can be remedied by glasses, but after time, it may be necessary to deal with cataracts surgically.
Is laser surgery best for cataracts?
Cataracts can be treated by either laser eye surgery or traditional cataract surgery. Both methods are considered very successful and safe– those who opt for laser eye surgery end up seeing about as well as those who opt to undergo traditional eye surgery instead. However, laser eye surgery may be a better method to treat cataracts because the laser can be useful in correcting for astigmatism or softening a dense cataract.
Most eye doctors will tell you that one option is not necessarily better than the other. Some surgeons may achieve better results with laser eye surgery over traditional cataract surgery, and vice versa. The best option will also depend on you, your particular diagnosis, and other such factors. This is why it is important to discuss fully with your eye doctor to design a surgical plan that best suits your unique needs.
What are the pros and cons of laser cataract surgery?
When you are considering a laser cataract surgery treatment, there are some important factors that you should take into account before you make your final decision. These include factors such as cost and learning curve, for example. See the list below for more.
Reduced risk of corneal swelling
Equally fast recovery time after surgery
More precise vision correction benefits
Can also correct astigmatism at the same time as removing cataracts
High cost of the laser and the disposables for the procedure
You may experience reduced tear production for a while after surgery and need eye drops
You may experience glares or halos after surgery, including while driving at night
How long does it take to recover from cataract laser surgery?
After eye surgery, it takes time for a patient to fully heal. Cataract laser surgery and the traditional cataract surgery method have about the same recovery time. While some laser cataract surgery patients can see well and see improvements after only a few days, full healing after surgery can take up to a few months. The typical estimate is up to three months for recovery time, but this speed also depends on certain factors.
Recovery time can be affected by how well you follow the after-surgery procedures, such as protecting your eyes with sunglasses or an eye shield and administering your eye drop medication properly to avoid inflammation. It is also wise to rest your eyes for a bit after surgery before returning to tasks like reading or watching tv.