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What to Expect from Laser Cataract Surgery

Written by Lisa Marie Wark, MBA & Assoc.,*

Many of us take our vision for granted until the moment when we start to notice that something is going wrong. The truth is, we need our eyes to help us perform the various activities we complete every day. In order to achieve the optimum coordination, we need to use our eyes to assess the situation and find the best route. Without excellent vision, we would struggle to appreciate the full beauty and wonder of the world around us.

Surgery Required

Nevada Eye & Ear eye doctors recognize that cataract issues are one of the most common eye problems experienced by people today. The issues that are experienced through cataracts can vary according to the severity of the problem, but in the end, the result is the same, each patient needs superlative cataract surgery. Dr. Surjeet Singh, of Nevada Eye & Ear is one of the best eye surgeons in the Las Vegas area, and he is also the medical director of Stonecreek Surgery Center. Dr. Singh specializes particularly within the area of cataract surgery with advanced lenses and the use of lasers. Over the last five years, he has performed over 5,000 procedures.

The Development of Cataracts

The function of the eye can be compared to the way a camera works. Rays of light move through the eye, passing into the cornea, and on into the pupil and lens. The lens then bends those rays of light to focus objects into the retinal lining towards the back of the eye. From then, the image can move through the retinal cells into the optic nerve and the brain. Cataracts takes place when protein starts to build up in the lens, making it appear cloudy. This ensures that light cannot properly pass through the lens, causing some vision clarity to be lost. Cataracts can occur for numerous reasons, including:

  • Age related cataracts.
  • Secondary cataracts that develop due to other conditions, such as exposure to toxic substances or diabetes. 
  • Traumatic cataracts which happen because of an injury to the eye. 
  • Congenital cataracts occur when babies are born with cataracts.

Laser Cataract Surgery

Unlike traditional forms of cataract surgery, laser surgery can make the procedure much simpler and reduce the risk of potential complications or issues. With a laser, tiny, precise incisions can be made to the perfect depth and length across the eye, to result in the best possible removal of cataracts. A high-resolution image can be created so that the surgery can be planned out ahead of time, giving the surgeon optimal results. In all medical procedures, it is important to listen carefully to what your surgeon tells you, and follow the instructions given to you accordingly. Remember, the surgeon's instructions will be given to you so that you can help your eyes through this process. However, if you do choose to go through laser cataract surgery, you will usually find that the healing process is much easier. This testament to incisions being made in a zig-zag fashion to encourage quicker healing.

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*Lisa Marie Wark, MBA owns a social media agency and is a business development consultant with a concentration in medical spas and alternative clinics. Currently she is President of Lisa Marie Wark, MBA & Assoc., a business development and social media firm that provides physicians the necessary business tools to help them build or expand their practices into fee for service business models.

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