Standard vs. Custom Cataract Surgery

Is traditional, manual cataract surgery or laser-assisted cataract surgery the better option?

At Mosaddegh Eye Institute we are continually researching and implementing new technologies to provide better vision results for patients. We offer two methods of cataract surgery, both of which are very effective in restoring clear vision:

  • Traditional or standard cataract surgery
  • Laser-assisted cataract surgery

Your doctor can determine which cataract surgery method is right for you.

Video: LenSx Laser Cataract Surgery versus Standard Cataract Surgery

Traditional or Standard Cataract Surgery

  • Using only a topical anesthetic to numb the eye, the surgeon creates a small incision and uses high-energy sound waves to break the cataract into microscopic particles, which are then removed from the eye.
  • To compensate for the removal of the eye’s natural lens, an Intraocular Lens (IOL) is implanted into the eye. We will help you determine if a Monofocal, Accommodating, Multifocal or an astigmatism-correcting IOL is right for you, depending on your vision goals after surgery.

Custom Cataract Surgery Options Available at Mosaddegh Eye Institute

Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery

As an alternative to our standard cataract surgery, we offer laser-assisted cataract surgery. Also called blade-free cataract surgery; this process uses the revolutionary LenSx® femtosecond laser to provide cataract patients another option for clear vision. The LenSx system uses a computer-controlled laser to make corneal incisions, soften the cloudy cataract lens and remove it – all based on a detailed 3-D image of the eye.

By adding LenSx technology to our offerings, our cataract patients have even greater vision success due to the precision and customization that comes with computerized treatment.

Once the cloudy cataract lens has been removed with the laser, a new IOL can be implanted. Our doctors will work with you before surgery to determine the type of IOL that will work best for your vision goals and lifestyle.  To learn more about our Premium Cataract Lens Options visit our Premium Cataract Surgery Page. 

Benefits of Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery

  • Precise pre-surgery eye measurements allow the unique characteristics of your eye to be treated during surgery
  • Surgery is faster, more precise and more controlled
  • Procedure is more comfortable for the patient
  • Completely customized treatment provides improved vision results
  • Doctors have 3-D visualization and real-time video imaging
  • Less human error with laser precision

Surgery Time & Recovery

Both types of procedures are performed in an outpatient surgical facility. Surgery is performed on one eye at a time with a two-week time interval between each procedure. The actual surgery usually takes less than 15 minutes. Once the surgery is complete, drops will be placed in your eye to prevent infection and decrease inflammation. A clear patch will be placed over your eye and someone will need to drive you home.

Your close-up and distance vision will usually be good the day after surgery. However, your vision will improve over the next week or two and will dramatically improve after the second eye procedure is accomplished.

To learn more about cataract surgery in the bay area, contact us today to schedule a Cataract Evaluation.