LenSx® femto laser technology provides highly customized treatment, allowing our Florence, SC cataract surgeons to use real-time, 3D visualization of your eye during every step of the cataract surgery process.
In traditional cataract surgery, the doctor makes a very small incision at the edge of the cornea using a hand-held blade. This method is still performed with great success; however, your doctor may recommend the programmable and computer-guided femto laser method for the corneal incision.
Using the laser can also make the procedure more precise, accurate, customizable and less invasive. During both procedures, the cloudy lens is carefully broken up into fragments:
The cloudy lens is then removed and a replacement lens implant is inserted through the same incision. Most of our cataract surgeries do not require sutures – the small incisions simply heal on their own. This speeds the recovery process and also allows most patients to see well soon after surgery.
This is a 10-15 minute procedure that is performed on one eye at a time. If you have cataracts in both eyes, you will be asked to return for the second procedure after your first eye has healed, approximately 2 weeks later.
Our doctors use the VERION™ Image Guided System to add even greater accuracy during the planning and execution of cataract surgery in Florence, SC. This system is used to create a blueprint of the best ways to perform the procedure for the best outcome. Every aspect of your procedure is well planned in advance from pre-surgery calculations and measurements of your eyes to lens power selection recommendations and computerized guidance of the actual surgical procedure. VERION™ is used in conjunction with the LenSx® femto laser to produce enhanced results.
Optiwave® Refractive Analysis (ORA) technology is utilized during the second half of the cataract surgery procedure, after the cataract is removed. This system allows your doctor to more accurately place the intraocular lens Implant (IOL) – again improving your vision results.
The ORA® technology is used to provide real-time analysis of your eye to recheck the measurements of your eye during surgery. This is done to obtain the true refractive power of your eye so your doctor can implant the correct power of lens implant. The goal is to provide a truly tailored lens implant procedure and reduce the need for retreatments.
There is much to learn about your cataract surgery options in Florence, SC, and we want to help you fully understand the process. Prior to your cataract evaluation appointment, we will email to patients several educational videos that explain bladed and bladeless cataract surgery, intraocular lens implants and cataract surgery steps. Our clinical staff and doctors will gladly answer your cataract surgery questions.
It’s natural to be nervous the day of your cataract surgery in Florence, SC, but we want you to know that our team is prepared to make you as comfortable as possible throughout the process. Plan to be at our office for at least 2 hours on the day of your procedure to complete any necessary paperwork, ask any last minute questions and relax before and after surgery. Be sure to have someone drive you to and from your appointment.
The entire process will only take 15-30 minutes.
Your eye will begin to heal over the next two weeks and vision will continue to improve. During that time, you may experience temporary mild irritation. Any discomfort can be minimized by taking the prescribed medications and eye drops.
It is important to follow your doctor’s post-op instructions carefully to promote healing after cataract surgery in Florence. If you experience any complications, contact us immediately.