Introducing The Femtosecond Laser System
If your vision is getting cloudy, if you are losing your color perception or you are having trouble seeing at night, you may be in the early stages of developing cataracts. Although cataract surgery is considered to be one of the safest and most successful procedures performed in medicine today, laser cataract surgery improves the precision of many of the key surgical steps.
Things to think about before cataract surgery:
- Should I consider laser cataract surgery instead of traditional cataract surgery?
- What type of lens implant would be best for me after cataract surgery, a monofocal or multifocal lens implant?
When you select UCLA Laser Refractive Center in Los Angeles, California for your cataract removal, you will enjoy all the benefits of excellence and experience for which we are proud to be known. The UCLA Laser Refractive Center’s eye surgeons share outstanding credentials. They are board-certified and serve as faculty members of the UCLA Department of Ophthalmology. Our surgeons are specialty-trained in laser vision correction and intraocular eye surgery and contribute to pioneering efforts in the field of ophthalmology. Our physicians see patients at the Stein Eye Institute on the UCLA campus. Dr. Rex Hamilton also sees patients at the Stein Eye Center in Santa Monica.
If you are seeking the most advanced cataract surgery in Los Angeles be sure to contact our eye care office directly. We have board certified eye surgeons who are among the first certified laser cataract surgeons in Los Angeles.
We are happy to provide a consultation to determine the best and safest approach to cataract surgery for you. There are many items to consider prior to having cataract surgery including your choice of lens implant and whether laser cataract surgery is appropriate for your situation. The UCLA Laser Refractive Center has cataract implant specialists, whom have a solid understanding of all lens implants and how they have performed over the years. The latest technology advanced lens implants, also called premium lens implants can break out into various categories and we will explain each implant and the potential benefit it could bring to your overall vision.
The Origins of Cataract Surgery
Traditional phacoemulsification cataract surgery
Traditional phacoemulsification cataract surgery has been around for many years and has been very effective for most people. The technique of Phacoemulsification cataract surgery was initially invented in 1967 by Charles Kelman, MD. This breakthrough literally paved the way to small incision micro cataract surgery. Although phacoemulsification is considered to be the current state of the art cataract removal technique, many steps in the cataract procedure are still performed manually with, either a surgical blade or forceps. Laser cataract surgery with the femtosecond laser can now perform these steps adding a greater amount of precision to the entire cataract procedure.
What happens during laser cataract surgery?
Although it’s a common belief that lasers have been used in cataract surgery for years, this is not true. Laser cataract surgery has only recently become a reality, and our cataract surgeons can now remove your cataract in a more advanced way.
With this advanced technology, our cataract surgeons can offer you a better, more precise cataract removal procedure that is customized to your eye’s own unique size and shape. To understand what happens in the cataract removal process please visit our cataract surgery page.
Scheduling a Los Angeles cataract surgery screening
After Cataract Surgery
Most patients are concerned about the cataract surgery recovery process. The UCLA Laser Refractive Center provides the best quality care and thoroughly explains what you can expect after cataract surgery. Recovery from cataract surgery is generally very quick. Most patients obtain better vision within the first 24 hours of the procedure. Itching and mild discomfort are normal after cataract surgery. Some fluid discharge is also common. Your eye may be sensitive to light and touch. If you have discomfort, our cataract surgeons can suggest treatment. After one or two days, any moderate discomfort should disappear. Complete visual recovery varies from patient to patient, but most patients return to their every day activities within a day or two. If you have cataracts in both eyes, the second procedure will most likely be scheduled within a week or two. Our cataract surgeons will schedule exams to check on your progress. Each person heals differently so it is important to discuss the cataract surgery recovery with the UCLA Laser Refractive Center.