Dr. Schaible and Dr. Spadafora conducted research with a form of YAG laser in human cataract surgery more than a decade ago for the FDA. They found the technology interesting, but cumbersome and, at times, bearing an unnecessary cost.
Femtosecond laser (very fast) is now FDA approved for use in humans to facilitate incision creation in cataract procedures. Medicare declined to cover the technology because it does not improve safety or efficiency of certain surgical procedures, therefore the cost of this technology is passed on to the patient.
Laser Cataract Surgery is being treated as “bladeless” which is very misleading for patients because a blade is still used to finish the incision and the rest of the surgery is the same as it always has been.
At Community Eye Center/St. Lucy’s Eye Surgery Center, the eye surgeons routinely use lasers during cataract removal to improve the accuracy of lens power selection for implantation to reduce a patient’s need for glasses. Traditionally, all measurements for cataract surgery were done preoperatively, while the cataract is still in the eye. With ORA guided (laser) lens selection, the measurements are double and triple checked in the middle of the procedure after the cataract has been removed for greater accuracy.
Multitudes of studies have shown this method to be a more precise way to select a lens implant power to neutralize the prescription, manage astigmatism and provide patients a greater ability to focus naturally without glasses.
More Information About Cataracts & Cataract Surgery
There is a lot of information on the internet about eye health. The best information will come directly from a board-certified eye doctor. Call (941) 625-1325 to book a consult with one of Community Eye Center’s ophthalmologists, optometrists or opticians today.
There is a lot of information about cataract surgery lens choices on the internet. The best and most up-to-date information will come directly from a board-certified eye doctor.
Community Eye Center (CEC) is ophthalmology, optometry, optical in multiple Southwest Florida locations with its own AAAHC accredited eye-only surgery center.
Cataract surgeries are typically quick and uneventful. An estimated 3.5 million cataract removals are performed each year in the United States. It is one of the most common surgical procedures. Numbers also show that the chance of a good outcome and improved vision after surgery are excellent.
Ophthalmologists, optometrists and eye health professionals work as a team to provide comprehensive eye care at Community Eye Center (CEC). Eye specialists including, cataract, glaucoma, retina and oculoplastics as well as an accredited eye only surgery center, CEC offers the best cataract surgery options possible for positive patient outcomes. Eye doctors may be seen at any of CEC’s multiple Florida locations in Port Charlotte, North Port, and Venice.
Cataract surgery is generally covered under insurance and Medicare plans. But, in the case that a procedure is not covered, or if you choose to upgrade your surgery to one of our elective procedures, such as a premium lens choice, Community Eye Center (CEC) partners with organizations that offer financial assistance for cataract surgery.
In the past, cataract surgery used to be about preventing blindness; however, with the sophisticated advances in cataract removal, premium lens choices and ORA laser-guided cataract surgery, surgeons can return a patient’s vision to the way it was years ago.