PERFORMED IN DULUTH, GA (NORTH OF ATLANTA) at Georgia Eye Physicians & Surgeons
The lens of the eye, which focuses light on the retina, is primarily composed of water mixed with protein, configured in a precise way to keep the lens transparent. Sometimes, these proteins can begin to adhere together, forming a cataract that clouds a small area of the lens. Over time, the cataract may grow larger and cloud more of the lens, making it more difficult to see. Several different factors can lead to the development of cataracts, including family history, certain medications, diseases, congenital defects, smoking, and eye injury. In all cases, however, cataracts that are left untreated can increasingly impair vision and eventually cause severe visual decrease.
Treating cataracts involves replacing the damaged lens of the eye with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) composed of plastic, acrylic, or silicone. During this outpatient cataract surgery procedure, Dr. Segal uses the LenSx® laser system to make a tiny incision in the lens capsule so that the damaged lens can be removed and the new intraocular lens inserted. The computer-assisted LenSx® laser allows for an unprecedented level of precision, creating openings that are up to ten times more precise than those made during a manual procedure. Real-time image guidance makes it possible to customize the procedure to the highly specific contours of each individual eye, greatly reducing measurement inaccuracies and helping to ensure that each cataract treatment achieves optimal results. The wound is then closed with a sutureless technique or with tiny sutures. The LenSx® laser is unquestionably the most technologically advanced option for cataract patients and makes cataract surgery more precise, predictable, and reproducible.
Typically, cataract surgery is a short procedure, lasting less than an hour, which can be performed on one or both eyes as necessary. Individual procedures for each eye can be spaced as soon as one week apart, if requested. After surgery, patients will receive medicated eye-drops to promote healing and will usually see improvement in their vision as soon as the day after surgery, with optimal results achieved in about a month.
To learn more about cataract surgery and the other eye surgeries offered at Georgia Eye Physicians & Surgeons in Duluth, GA (north of Atlanta), please contact our office.