Laser Cataract Surgery FAQs

Laser Cataract Surgery FAQs

Laser Cataract Surgery FAQ

Cataracts are a common eye condition. Over time, your eye's natural lens can become cloudy, causing issues with your vision. For years, cataracts were treated through traditional cataract surgery. Today, laser cataract surgery is available, which is much more effective than the traditional method.

What Are the Symptoms of Cataracts?

In the early stages of cataracts, you might not notice any visual changes. As the condition progresses, the following symptoms may appear:

  • Cloudy vision, similar to looking out a dirty window
  • Seeing halos around light
  • Sensitivity to light or glare
  • Trouble driving at night
  • Fading or yellowing of colors
  • Needing frequent prescription changes

How Are Cataracts Treated?

Cataracts are treated through eye surgery. During the procedure, our eye surgeons will replace your cloudy lens with an artificial lens known as an intraocular lens. Our cataract surgery specialists can perform this surgery through the traditional method or laser surgery.

What Is the Difference Between Traditional Cataract Surgery and Laser Surgery?

Traditional cataract surgery is performed with handheld instruments. Laser cataract surgery is performed with a precision laser. This laser is used to create the opening necessary to remove the cataract. When the hole is created, the laser is used to soften the cataract to easily be broken into small pieces, which makes removal possible with less ultrasound energy than needed during traditional cataract surgery.

What Are the Benefits of Laser Cataract Surgery?

Traditional and laser cataract surgery are both effective; however, laser cataract surgery has more benefits. These include:

  • The surgery is more precise
  • 3D imaging is used to provide a more customized treatment
  • Laser cataract surgery is gentler and easier because less ultrasound energy is required.
  • Laser cataract surgery provides more options for patients who need correction for astigmatism

Cataract Surgery Specialist in Chico, CA

If you are experiencing the symptoms of cataracts, schedule an appointment with Reeve Woods Eye Center in Chico. Our ophthalmologist will examine your eyes to determine if you have cataracts and if you would be a good candidate for laser cataract surgery. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at (530) 899-2244.