Things to Consider Before Laser Cataract Surgery in Oahu

Things to Consider Before Laser Cataract Surgery in Oahu

Laser Cataract Surgery in Oahu is the only surgical treatment that can fix cataracts. A cataract causes the ocular lens to become opaque, resulting in a decrease of vision and a significant sensitization to light. People that have cataracts, and choose not to seek care, will eventually go blind.

The operation

The operation starts through a micro-incision made in the peripheral part of the cornea. The cataract is removed, and the lens is then replaced by an artificial lens, also called an intraocular implant. This soft implant is bent into an injector and inserted through the same incision used to remove the cataract.

At the end of the procedure, the implant is situated just behind the pupil. The intraocular implant is invisible and exists in several versions, which is chosen beforehand during a consultation. This implant is set up for life. It cannot be damaged, does not move, and there is no rejection.

Is cataract surgery right for you?

Contraindications to Laser Cataract Surgery in Oahu are rare. The operation laser is usually done in the morning. The average duration of the procedure is approximately 15 minutes.

When a patient is having surgery on both eyes, the specialist will perform surgery on one eye and then schedule the patient to come back in two weeks to have the other eye done. But the procedure can be strictly one-sided if the decline in vision concerns only one eye.

Pre-Op assessment

The preoperative assessment will include:

  • A questionnaire about the patient’s visual discomfort and its evolution, including any medical and ophthalmological antecedents.
  • An analysis of the person’s vision.
  • A fundus with dilation of the pupil is done to highlight the presence of cataracts and also control the risk of retinal detachment.
  • An optical coherence tomography analysis of the macula, if necessary.
  • Cornea analysis.
  • Laser biometry is allowing an ultra-precise calculation of your cataract implant.

This technology makes it possible to achieve, without making contact with the eye, the most precise measurement possible. This helps to optimize the determination of the implant’s power. The accuracy of this measurement may be reduced if the patient has had laser vision surgery in the past. Schedule a consult at the Hawaii Vision Clinic for more information.

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