Here’s When Refractive Cataract Surgery May be Needed

As we age, the protein in our eyes’ lenses begins to clump and obscure our vision: this is called a cataract.

Cataracts are the primary cause of vision loss worldwide. It is imperative to have them treated and surgically corrected before they become severe. And while there are several cataract surgery options, refractive cataract surgery is steadily becoming the most popular choice.

What is Refractive Cataract Surgery?

Refractive cataract surgery is a modern procedure that not only removes the cataract, but also corrects farsightedness, nearsightedness, and astigmatism. It is performed by replacing the lens with a premium intraocular lens or IOL.

While there are many types of IOL, only the premium version will correct your cataracts and other visual deficits, as well. A computer-assisted laser administers a custom vision correction solution that targets your refractive errors. People who undergo this procedure can reduce or eliminate their need to wear glasses.

The procedure is very similar to IntraLASIK surgery in that it utilizes computer-driven Laser Technology and is customizable. And, just like IntraLASIK, refractive cataract surgery is safer and more accurate than traditional cataract surgery. As it can be customized to target your specific vision problems, you’re more likely to achieve a better result after surgery.

Refractive cataract surgery also corrects presbyopia, which is characterized by the loss of being able to see things clearly up-close that nearly everyone over the age of 40 experiences. It is for these reasons that refractive cataract surgery has become so popular.

Good candidates for refractive cataract surgery are:

  • People who are farsighted or nearsighted
  • People with astigmatism
  • People who are interested in getting LASIK
  • People who don’t want to wear glasses or contacts anymore
  • People who don’t want to wear reading glasses
  • People who have corneas that are too thin for regular cataract surgery

Other Things You Should Know

  • People with glaucoma, chronic infections, or those with autoimmune deficiency diseases should not get refractive eye surgery.
  • There are many types of IOL, so be sure to discuss which ones are best for you with your surgeon well before the procedure.
  • Refractive eye surgery lasts 15-30 minutes.
  • The procedure itself is relatively painless and your recovery time only lasts for a couple of days.
  • Because of the anesthesia and blurry vision that occurs right after the procedure, you will need to make sure you have someone to drive you home.
  • Your doctor will prescribe you some eye drops to treat; in addition, you should protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses for a few days after the procedure.
  • In addition to correcting your vision, refractive cataract surgery can also alleviate visual glares and halos that cataract suffers experience. It also greatly improves night vision.

Now that you know when refractive cataract surgery is needed, be sure to discuss getting this procedure done with an eye care professional. If you have any further questions or concerns about refractive cataract surgery, we’d be happy to assist you. Contact Advanced Eye Medical today.