Patients with Cataracts: Is Laser Treatment an Option?
In the past, patients who had undergone cataract surgery were not candidates for laser eye surgery. As a result, compensating for pre-existing corneal abnormalities like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism required corrective eye wear. Today, ophthalmologist Andrew Holzman can provide safe LASIK (laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis) surgery to correct these conditions in post-cataract patients. TLC Laser Eye Centers feature the latest LASIK technology, with locations in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. Dr. Holzman has personally performed more than 70,000 LASIK treatments, many of which were for post-cataract patients.
If you or a loved one is in need of vision correction following cataract surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Holzman at TLC Laser Eye Centers today. Dr. Holzman and his team make safety and precision top priorities with each patient they treat.
Cataract Surgery and Vision Impairment
Cataracts occur when the crystalline lens of the eye becomes clouded. This condition advances gradually, and can be treated with conservative solutions such as glasses until eventually the clouding becomes too severe. During cataract surgery, Dr. Holzman removes a clouded crystalline lens and replaces it with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). Today, different styles of IOLs, such as multifocal and toric lenses, can address some vision impairment issues in addition to replacing a cloudy lens. Past a certain degree of impairment, however, imperfections in the cornea can still cause nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. Many patients use contact lenses or glasses to compensate. LASIK is a fast, safe surgical option to correct these issues in post-cataract patients, reducing or eliminating the need for corrective eye wear.
Correcting Vision with LASIK
The LASIK process involves the use of a laser to reshape the cornea, which is the transparent, dome-shaped front surface of the eye. When the cornea is irregularly shaped, it impairs vision. In the case of astigmatism, the cornea is distorted, which prevents light from properly focusing on the retina. In many cases, even an advanced lens cannot correct these conditions. In farsighted patients, the cornea causes light to focus behind the retina rather than directly onto it. In nearsighted patients, the cornea is curved too much, causing light to focus in front of the retina.
LASIK corrects the irregular shape of the cornea by vaporizing small amounts of corneal tissue. After surgery, patients' eyes can more properly focus light onto the retina, and work in conjunction with the IOL to achieve more accurate vision.
LASIK for Post-cataract Patients
Cataract patients considering LASIK should wait a few months following surgery before undergoing the treatment in order to ensure their eyes have healed without complication. Once a patient's eyes have fully stabilized, Dr. Holzman conducts comprehensive exams with each patient to determine candidacy for the treatment. Patients undergoing LASIK after cataract surgery should be in good overall health, with no ocular health issues beyond aberrations.
Schedule a Consultation
At TLC Laser Eye Centers, patient safety and satisfaction are our top priorities. If you have undergone cataract surgery, and would like to further correct your vision and experience increased freedom from glasses or contact lenses, Dr. Andrew Holzman can help you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
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