Laser Cataract Surgery FAQ's By William Goldstein on September 06, 2016

Cataract surgery using laser is very common nowadays and the success rate of laser cataract surgery is also very high. The idea of undergoing cataract surgery using laser may sound a bit overwhelming but it absolutely is not so. It is natural to feel a bit anxious before a surgery. 
A few frequently asked questions have been answered here to put your mind at ease before your 

 What are cataracts?

- It is a very common eye condition where the lens of your eyes becomes cloudy. When you are younger and have good eyesight, light enters your eyes through the clear lens. The light focuses on a point to give you a clear view. But when the lens gets cloudy because of the presence of cataract, the light entering your eyes get distorted causing a blurry image of everything you see. The development of cataract is progressive in nature. When your vision becomes blurry it is time for the cataract to be removed. This is usually done when the vision decrease is affecting a patient's normal activities.

 What is laser cataract surgery?

- In traditional cataract surgeries, handheld instruments are used to remove the cataract. Incisions are made in the cornea to implant a new lens. But in a laser assisted cataract surgery, laser beams are used to make fine and precise incisions on the cornea to implant the new lens. The laser can also be used to correct astigmatism, and to soften the cataract to make removal easier.

 What are the benefits of laser cataract surgery?

- A laser cataract surgery is a lot more accurate and safe than a traditional cataract surgery.
- Latest and advanced technology is used for 3D imaging.
- The procedure causes very little or almost no discomfort.
- The process of removing cataract is easier due to softening of the cataract. 
- Implanting lens of a high quality will minimize your need of using contact lens or glasses.

 Who is a suitable candidate for a laser cataract surgery?

- Almost anyone having cataract conditions is suitable for a laser cataract surgery. But before you decide on a cataract surgery you will have to consult with a doctor to determine that laser surgery is appropriate for your eyes. 

 Is this surgery covered by insurance?

- Basic, non-laser cataract surgery is covered by insurance, but laser cataract surgery in Michigan requires an increased payment by the patient. Insurance does not cover this 'upgrade'.

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Dr. William S. Goldstein

Laser Eye Care Center

William S. Goldstein, MD, has been practicing laser eye surgery since 1991. He was one of the first doctors to offer advanced eye care in all of Michigan and is a member of several prestigious organizations: 

  • American Board of Ophthalmology
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons

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