LenSx Laser Treatment for Cataracts with our Chico Ophthalmologists

Cataracts are a common eye problem that occurs most often in older adults. When certain changes occur in the lens of the eye, usually age-related, the proteins change structure and the normally-clear lens becomes cloudy. This often occurs gradually, causing decreased visual acuity and other problems as the condition progresses. At Reeve-Woods Eye Center, our ophthalmologists in Chico recommend treatment for more severe cataracts with one of the latest methods of laser treatment, the LenSx Laser System.

CataractsSymptoms of Cataracts

Cataract symptoms usually come on slowly and include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Hazy vision
  • Increased sensitivity to glare
  • Trouble seeing at night
  • Changes in color perception

Most people who develop cataracts develop them in both eyes, but not all. People who do have them in both eyes often have one eye that is worse than the other.

Causes of Cataracts

Most cataracts are related to aging. However, there is some evidence that additional risk factors for cataracts include smoking, excessive drinking, and lack of antioxidants in your diet. Diseases such as diabetes and glaucoma also increase your risk of developing cataracts, as do some medications.

Diagnosis and Treatment

An eye doctor can diagnose cataracts during a routine eye care visit, or you can make an appointment if you are concerned about your vision. Mild cataracts may not produce noticeable symptoms, and those that produce minor symptoms can sometimes be temporarily treated with a new prescription. However, in the long term, most cataracts will need to be removed. This is done using surgery to remove the lens and replace it with an artificial one.

The LenSx Laser System

Traditionally, cataract surgery is done using a physical blade. The surgeon makes a small incision in the eye and removes the clouded lens before replacing it. The LenSx laser system is a femtosecond laser, specially designed to make extremely precise cuts guided by both a computer and your eye care professional. It replaces the need for a traditional blade.

How the LenSx Laser System Works

The LenSx Laser System uses high-resolution imaging to provide the best information about where to make the incision. The surgeon uses this information to choose where to make the laser incision. Because the laser does not put as much pressure on the eye as a physical blade, it causes reduced distortion of the eye during the procedure. After the clouded lens is removed, our team of eye physician professionals will implant an artificial lens to replace the old one.

Contact Reeve-Woods Eye Center in Chico for More Information on the LenSx Laser System

If you have cataracts and are considering surgical removal, contact our Chico eye physicians today to make an appointment. Our eye care specialists can diagnose, manage, and treat cataracts. To reach us, call our Chico office at (530) 899-2244.


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  • "I had a great visit and eye care experience. I went to Dr Reeve with “Dry Eye”. I was kind of a mess…blurred vision and very uncomfortable. He saw me for two visits. On the first visit I got my diagnosis and a prescription for eye drops. On my second visit, I reported continuing symptoms. Dr Reeve then did a procedure and it worked! The doctor and staff (including his assistant) were businesslike, polite and helpful. Great experience."
    Melanie M.
  • "I had a great first-time experience! The ladies in the front were very kind.  I first saw the optometrist who was very kind and thorough. Then I was seen by Dr. Woods who was also kind and thorough. They both listened to my concerns and were very attentive to my needs. When it came time for ordering my contacts, I dealt with the optical shop across the hall where you try on frames. They were super friendly and very helpful! I’m definitely coming back!"
    Charlie D.
  • "Such a positive experience with his office! My first appointment was with Dr Reeve who was friendly and thorough with his exam. A year later Dr Woods performed my LASIK surgery and I have been thrilled with the results!! Their staff is super friendly and has really worked at getting my insurance to cover medications and making recommendations for where to get the lowest pharmacy fees!! I would recommend these doctors to anyone looking for ophthalmologists :)"
    Hannah B.
  • "Reeve-Woods Eye Center is the best eye clinic I've ever been to. The staff is very personable and willing to help in any way they can. The doctors are wonderful and want to make sure you understand everything completely! Dr. Woods did my cataract surgeries and was absolutely awesome! I can't say enough good things about this eye clinic! If you want top rate care, this is where you'll go!!"
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