What is Bladeless Cataract Surgery?
Cataract surgery is one of the most common surgical procedures around the world. It was already considered a safe procedure even before the advent of bladeless, laser-assisted cataract surgery. However, unlike the traditional method, bladeless cataract surgery offers greater precision and accuracy through the use of computer-controlled laser, rather than manual, sharp instruments.
What are the Benefits?
Bladeless cataract surgery offers more benefits than the traditional method in the following ways:
- It has increased the safety of the procedure while reducing the risk of human error. Not only is this option gentler, it also does not involve sharp surgical tools to make incisions.
- Laser cataract surgery is time-efficient. The traditionally-complex steps can be done quickly in less than a minute thanks to the use of an image-guided system that reveals real-time 3D images of the eye.
- Laser cataract surgery offers high levels of precision and customization. Bladeless cataract surgeons can adjust the parameters of the equipment’s setting to ensure that the corneal incisions and lens capsule cuts can now be perfectly precise and circular.
- Better visual and safety outcomes. Since the machine is capable of gently implanting perfectly-centered artificial lens, it can provide better visual and safety outcomes to patients.
Bladeless Cataract Surgery Procedure
During the procedure, the cataract surgeon will remove the cloudy lens and will later then replace it with a clear artificial lens. The new lens is called an intraocular lens (IOL).
Using a real-time 3D image of the eye and a computer-controlled femtosecond laser, the corneal incision will be perfectly precise.
After the surgery, your vision will be temporarily blurry as it is still adjusting and healing. As this is an outpatient procedure, hospitalization is not required.
To facilitate faster and proper healing, follow these tips:
- Refrain from strenuous activities for a few weeks.
- Adhere to your prescribed medications (antibiotic or anti-inflammatory eye drops).
- Refrain from bending over or rubbing your eyes.
- Protect your eyes from irritants like dust, dirt, make-up and soap.
- Attend your post-operative check-ups.
Is Bladeless Cataract Surgery for You?
With the laser cataract surgical technique giving you greater precision, safety and accuracy; the visual outcomes are sharper too, along with reduced risk and downtime.
While it is usually more expensive than traditional cataract surgery (with manual incisions done with a blade), some patients may think that the benefits outweigh the cost factor.
Key to your success will surely be the cataract surgeon performing the procedure. Dr Leo Seo Wei is an experienced ophthalmologist with over 20 years’ experience, specializing in bladeless cataract surgery. This means that you can be assured of the quality of care that you receive.