What are the Different Options for Treating Cataracts?

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Because cataracts are a natural part of the aging process, there is nothing that can done to reverse the condition. If your lifestyle is significantly affected by your cataracts and you find it difficult to complete daily tasks such as reading, writing, or driving, the only option is to undergo cataract surgery. Fortunately, cataract surgery is a safe and quick outpatient procedure that could transform your life.

Traditional cataract surgery involves several steps and is performed using a manual hand-held blade and hand-held instruments. The steps include making incisions to allow the instruments to enter the eye, the removal of the anterior capsule- which allows access to the cataract, using an ultrasound instrument to break apart the cataract, and limbal relaxing incisions for reducing astigmatism.

With modern day, Ophthalmologist Dr. Iskander uses laser-assisted cataract surgery, which allows many of the steps of cataract removal to be performed with the precision of a computer-guided femtosecond laser. This new method of performing cataract surgery can make the procedure more precise, more predictable and better than ever before. Cataract surgery performed at San Antonio Eye Specialists involves liquifying the cataract using ultrasound, which is then suctioned out through a tiny microincision that requires no sutures. Then, Dr. Iskander inserts the intraocular lens (IOL) through the same microincision in a folded position, which then opens up into its proper position on the eye. Using a laser to perform the cataract surgery allows for more precision, improved accuracy and consistency. In some cases, laser cataract surgery could provide a higher degree of correction for a refractive error than traditional cataract surgery.

Patients that have cataract surgery at San Antonio Eye Specialists also have the option to upgrade to a premium IOL lens option. This technology is not covered by insurance and does require some out-of-pocket expense, however, it may allow patients to see at all distances, even up close with little to no dependence on reading glasses or bifocals. In fact, most patients that undergo cataract surgery with Dr. Iskander at San Antonio Eye Specialists and choose laser-assisted cataract surgery with a premium lens option, such as a multifocal lens, can do most things, most of the time without glasses.

Contact San Antonio Eye Specialists to schedule your San Antonio cataract surgery consultation with Dr. Iskander and determine if laser cataract surgery might be right for you.

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