Minnesota Eye Institute
3401 S Broadway St
Alexandria, MN 56308
(320) 759-2020

Laser Refractive Cataract Surgery

Laser Refractive Cataract Surgery

Thanks to new advancements, this is a great time to have cataract surgery

Laser precision and great vision

The science of cataract surgery is getting better all the time. Innovative technology designed to make the procedure more accurate and comfortable is now available. You may qualify for a new surgical method designed to provide you with the full potential of precision laser technology. Plus, new, more advanced options for lenses give you more choices than ever before.

Cataract Surgery Options

Traditional Cataract Surgery uses a blade and then sound waves, suction, and irrigation to break up and remove a cloudy lens and prepare the eye for the new clear lens.

Victus_Logo_TM_4CLaser Cataract Surgery uses a precision laser beam to facilitate removal of the cloudy lens. New laser technology enables precision performance while minimizing the use of sound waves. Your doctor’s skills are complemented by the computer-guided accuracy and consistency of the laser. Our practice is proud to offer the advanced VICTUS laser.

Replacement Lens Options

Consider these points to select the right lens.

Standard intraocular lens (IOL) gives you excellent distance vision after cataract surgery, but you may still need glasses for some activities.

Advanced IOL lens offers a more natural range of vision. That means you can see better in many different situations, including exceptional vision clarity at the intermediate range that is so important for today’s active lifestyles. There is an extra cost for this type of lens. But if you’re like many advanced IOL patients, after surgery you may find that you seldom need glasses.

Our goal is to find the best lens for you. Please feel free to contact us to discuss your options.

Some more information about cataracts

What is a cataract?
A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye. It blocks light from reaching the back of your eye, making it difficult to see clearly.

Who gets cataracts?
Cataracts are a natural part of aging, but you don’t need to be a senior to get a cataract. Many people in their 40s and 50s have early cataracts that don’t affect their eyesight yet. Regardless of your age, the time to talk to your doctor is when cataracts start to interfere with your vision.

How can you tell if you have a cataract?
Cataracts are painless and may occur in either or both eyes. If you have a cataract, you may notice some of these symptoms:

  • Disturbance of vision
  • Cloudy, blurry vision
  • Double vision
  • Ghost Images
  • The need for brighter light when reading
  • Faded colors
  • Poor night vision
  • Glare and halos around lights at night
  • The need for frequent changes to your eyeglass prescription

How safe is cataract surgery
Cataract surgery is one of the most common operations in the world. It is often outpatient surgery, and you remain awake during the procedure.

What if I need both eyes done?
If you need cataract surgery in both eyes, your doctor will talk to you about the best time to schedule surgery for each eye. One eye is done at a time – usually can be done a week apart.

When will I need cataract surgery?
Deciding when to have cataract surgery depends upon how well you can see during routine activities. You may be able to drive, watch TV, and work at a computer for quite a few years after you are first diagnosed with cataracts. Some cataracts are mild and don’t affect your vision. But when cataracts start to cause vision problems – such as when you are driving – it’s time to discuss your options with your doctor.

What happens on the day of my cataract surgery?
Cataract surgery is usually an outpatient procedure. On the day of surgery, we will give you some medicine to help you relax, plus special numbing eyedrops to ensure that your surgery is as comfortable as possible. The surgery itself takes only a short time. You’ll be ready to go home after a short stay in the recovery room.

Be sure to have someone with you who can drive you home.

What can I expect after cataract surgery
You may be given eyedrops to use every day for the next few weeks. Also, for about one week following your surgery, you may need to wear a protective eye shield while taking a nap or sleeping. And you should wear sunglasses during your recovery to help protect your eye in bright light.

How soon after cataract surgery will I be able to see better?
You may notice an improvement in your vision almost immediately after surgery, although some people have blurry vision for a few days.

Minnesota Eye Institute
3401 S Broadway St
Alexandria, MN 56308
(320) 759-2020

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