Monday, September 1, 2014

Lasers Cut Clean for Cataract Surgery

A cataract is an eye condition wherein the lens turns cloudy, blurring the patient’s vision. More than 20 million people in the United States ages 40 and above suffer from cataracts. As people age, the likelihood of developing a cataract increases. An estimated 50 million people will be affected by the condition by the year 2050.

Going under the knife
Almost all cataract surgeries are still done via scalpel despite the proven effectiveness and accuracy of laser surgery. This is due mainly to the cost of the procedure, which Medicare doesn’t cover in many cases.

How it’s done
A small opening is cut around the cloudy portion of the lens. A vibrating ultrasound needle is then inserted to break up the cloudy mass which can be removed in small pieces, after which an IOL or intraocular lens is implanted to cover the opening.

On the other hand, a laser will make a clean opening and soften the cloudy tissue; this negates the need to use ultrasound applications to break down the mass.

The results speak for themselves
Any eye doctor will swear by this procedure, adding that patients enjoy clearer vision as early as the day right after the operation. Clearly, laser surgery is a boon to the medical field and shouldn’t be excluded as an option simply because it costs more.

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