Refractive Cataract Surgery

What is Refractive Cataract Surgery?

Refractive cataract surgery is the most advanced method of cataract surgeryTraditional cataract surgery uses a blade to create a tiny incision in the cornea where the cataract will be extracted. Advanced refractive cataract surgery does not use a blade, but instead uses a laser to create an incision. The precision of this advanced technology brings the surgery to the next level for those seeking the best possible vision after cataract surgery.

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When you select the refractive cataract surgery option, you can choose to further enhance the procedure by also selecting a premium lens implant, which can correct near, intermediate and distance vision, minimizing or even eliminating your dependence on eyeglasses.

Refractive Cataract Surgery

Refractive Cataract Surgery Includes


All Laser Cataract Surgery using the LenSx Laser

Arlington Eye Center is pleased to offer Alcon’s LenSx laser, a bladeless, computer-controlled laser that allows the surgeon to plan and perform your surgery to exacting, individualized specifications not attainable with other surgical methods. The LenSx laser can help treat a condition known as astigmatism by creating precise incisions in the cornea. Astigmatism is a condition in which the surface of the eye has a more oval shape rather than a round shape.

The LenSx® laser also helps soften cataracts for easier removal. During surgery, the clouded lenses are removed and, in most instances, replaced with an intraocular lens, referred to as IOLs. Today, we are able to offer patients, a variety of options for IOLs to accommodate individual needs.

Advantages of Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery

The LenSx® laser approach – A New era in Refractive Cataract Surgery!

Are you experiencing any symptoms of the onset of cataracts?

You know how difficult seeing can be. You may be struggling with night vision or you might not be able to tell the difference between pairs of socks. You may even have sensitivity to sunlight. Fortunately, cataract surgery can help you to regain what you’ve lost, both in terms of your vision and your quality of life.

Now a technological breakthrough is available for use in cataract surgery. When you choose to have your surgery performed with this LenSx® laser, you’ll enjoy a truly innovative solution that allows for customization in cataract surgery.

A bladeless, computer-controlled laser allows the surgeon to plan and perform your surgery to exact individualized specifications, not attainable with past cataract surgery methods.

With the LenSx® laser, you can move forward with confidence knowing that you’ve chosen the most advanced technology available for this life-changing procedure, one that enables a customized cataract surgery experience. If you are seeking a Michigan cataract surgeon consider choosing the most advanced cataract surgery technology available right here at Arlington Eye Center.

How does the LenSx® laser work?

Traditionally, surgeons make tiny manual incisions with a blade, then remove or aspirate out the cloudy lens (cataract) using ultrasound vibrations, and then replace it with a man-made lens implant. During laser refractive cataract surgery, the LenSx® control system analyzes high-resolution images of your eye, allowing your cataract surgeon at Arlington Eye Center to customize each procedure. Three dimensional, real time images will guide in the proper alignment of laser made incisions bringing a new level of precision to cataract surgery.

Why is this described as customized laser cataract surgery?

Your eyes can be compared to snowflakes! While all human eyes share the same basic anatomical structure, every eye is just a bit different in terms of size, depth, curvature of the cornea and other key features. Which is why every eye must be carefully measured and mapped prior to cataract surgery.

 While these measurements have been routinely performed prior to surgery, the LenSx® laser uses a range of highly-advanced technologies – including integrated optical coherence tomography (OCT) – to capture incredibly precise, high resolution images of your eyes. These images and the measurements and data they provide are then used to plan and perform a surgery to exacting specifications not attainable with traditional surgery.

Choosing Your Lens Implant

During both traditional cataract surgery and femtosecond bladeless cataract surgery the cataract is removed and a new lens is required. You will need to understand what your lens implant options. Fortunately, premium lens implant technology is now available to help you see without glasses at near, far and intermediate distances. Please see our information about premium lens implants. You may also choose to consult one of our staff regarding premium lens implants options based on your unique visual requirements.

During Bladeless Cataract Surgery

Bladeless Cataract Surgery does not take any longer than traditional cataract surgery. You will most likely be in surgery for 20-25 minutes. Like traditional cataract surgery you should arrive about an hour prior to surgery. Upon arrival, you may be given a mild sedative to relax. Although the surgery takes only minutes, plan to spend 2 to 3 hours at the center for the preoperative steps and for recovery.

The LenSx® laser provides patients with computer-controlled precision as it automates some of the most challenging steps of refractive cataract surgery. The laser replaces the traditional hand-held blade to optimize all incisions for enhanced, reproducible surgical performance. This breakthrough technology provides the surgeon with real-time three-dimensional visualization for true customization of your lens replacement procedure. In addition to using the femtosecond laser to do many of the surgical steps traditionally performed by hand, our cataract surgeons still use many of the best innovations in cataract surgery, such as drops, only anesthesia (no shots), sutureless incisions through the clear cornea and foldable intraocular lenses. These advances allow us to use the smallest possible incision, approximately 1/18th of an inch.

After Cataract Surgery

Most patients are concerned about the cataract surgery recovery process. The doctors at Arlington Eye Center provide the best quality care and thoroughly explain 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, your doctor will 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. Your doctor will schedule exams to check on your progress. Each person heals differently so it is important to discuss the cataract surgery recovery with your eye doctor.

For a few days after surgery, your doctor may ask you to use eye drops to help healing and decrease the risk of infection. Ask your Arlington cataract eye doctor about how to use your eye drops, how often to use them, and what effects they can have. You will need to wear an eye shield or eyeglasses to help protect your eye. Avoid rubbing or pressing on your eye. Serious complications are extremely rare but because it is a form of surgery, there are some potential risks involved. Our staff and cataract surgeons will provide you with additional information about the risks associated with cataract surgery and answer any of the questions you may have.