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Laser Cataract Surgery

A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens inside the eye. In cataract surgery, the cloudy lens is removed and replaced with a clear lens implant to restore vision.

With recent technological advancements in cataract surgery, surgeons now have options that allow patients to make informed decisions on how their cataracts will be removed. Patients can choose between standard cataract surgery and laser refractive cataract surgery.

Standard cataract surgery starts with an incision made with a scalpel to enter the eye. The natural lens of the eye has an outer layer that is then opened with a cutting instrument. The substance of the lens is then removed with an ultrasound probe.

Laser Refractive Cataract Surgery uses laser technology and advanced lens implants to reduce or eliminate the need for eyeglasses. After the cloudy cataract is removed, it is replaced with a clear lens implant. Multifocal lens implants, such as the ReSTOR® can improve vision at distance, near and intermediate. For patients with astigmatism, laser corneal astigmatism correction or the use of advanced astigmatism-correcting toric lens implants can be used to improve and sharpen vision. You can learn more about multifocal and toric lens implants by clicking here.

Laser cataract surgery brings a new level of accuracy and reproducibility by automating some of the most challenging steps of cataract surgery. The laser allows the surgeon to create precise, repeatable incisions using an image-guided laser. In laser cataract surgery, the initial incision is made with a laser that provides precision and consistency individualized for each patient.

After the initial incision, the outer layer of the lens is removed with a laser, producing a more exact circular opening. The accuracy, reproducibility and customizable nature of the laser opening cannot be matched by manual techniques used in standard cataract surgery. The precision in the creation of the circular opening permits a lens implant to be placed in a more optimal position.

Another advantage of laser cataract surgery is the laser-assisted separation of the cataract into smaller segments for more efficient removal and with less ultrasonic power. This helps to reduce the risk of injury to the eye.

Cataract patients who have astigmatism or who desire a multifocal lens implant to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses may be candidates for laser refractive cataract surgery.

Your surgeon will discuss with you the risks and benefits of surgery and help determine an individualized treatment plan and lens implant that best serves your visual needs and lifestyle.


To learn more about laser refractive cataract surgery, please watch the video below:


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Coastal Eye Institute (formerly Manatee Sarasota Eye Clinic) is one of the area’s largest ophthalmology practices featuring a comprehensive team of fellowship-trained ophthalmologists in every subspecialty of eye care.From infancy to the golden years...we provide care for the total health of your eyes. Trust your eye care to our specialists!


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  • ➢ Macular Degeneration
  • ➢ Diabetic Retinopathy
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