Cataract Surgery in Long Island
At TOC Eye®, our Long Island ophthalmologists stay abreast of the latest methods and technologies to provide patients options in their cataract care. In addition to traditional cataract surgery, TOC Eye® now offers laser cataract surgery with the advanced CATALYS® Precision Laser System. While traditional cataract surgery has a high safety and success rate, laser cataract surgery is an increasingly appealing option because of the customization and accuracy it offers to patients with cataracts. In addition, the enhanced precision of the CATALYS® system and placement of a premium IOL offers patients the ability to see clearly after surgery — free from glasses! If you would like to achieve crisp, clear vision following cataract surgery without relying on visual aids, a tailored treatment with the CATALYS® laser system IOL may be right for you.
Traditional Cataract Surgery vs. Laser Cataract Surgery
Both traditional and laser cataract surgery involve removing the eye’s natural lens and replacing it with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) to restore clear vision. The difference between the procedures lies in how several of the critical steps of the cataract removal process are performed. In traditional cataract surgery, the surgeon uses a surgical blade to create a small incision in the eye to access the capsule holding the lens. The lens is then broken up using ultrasonic energy and removed with gentle suction. This process is very safe and successful; millions of people have enjoyed crisp, clear vision thanks to traditional cataract surgery.
Laser cataract surgery builds upon the safety and effectiveness of traditional cataract surgery. During the procedure, the surgeon will create a perfectly sized and shaped incision in the lens capsule using low laser energy. The laser will also be used to break up the cataract before it is removed using gentle suction. Performing these critical steps with a laser enhances the precision and predictability of treatment, as well as reduces some of the risks associated with the manual instruments used in traditional cataract surgery.
Vision with cataracts vs. vision without cataracts
About the CATALYS® Precision Laser System
One of the most advanced laser systems available, the CATALYS® Precision Laser System provides a customized cataract surgical experience with enhanced visual outcomes. CATALYS® offers the following benefits:
Customized treatment with 3D imaging. Prior to cataract surgery, CATALYS® creates a three-dimensional map of your eye using Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) technology. CATALYS® takes detailed measurements and takes into account your eye’s unique characteristics, allowing your surgeon to tailor your treatment for enhanced accuracy.
Laser precision. The femtosecond laser creates a precise opening in the lens, preserving as much of the lens capsule as possible. Maintaining the integrity of the capsule is important for positioning and holding the artificial IOL. Accurate positioning and placement of the IOL is crucial for the best visual outcome.
Gentle treatment. CATALYS® is able to soften the hard cataract, which enables the surgeon to remove the cataract gently. This ensures a more comfortable cataract surgery experience.
Freedom from Glasses with Premium IOLs
In years past, patients selected an IOL to restore crisp vision at a single, fixed distance and relied on glasses to see clearly at other distances. At TOC Eye, we are pleased to offer premium IOLs that restore vision at multiple distances, providing greater independency from glasses. Please visit our IOLs page to learn more about the premium lens options we offer, including:
- AcrySof ReSTOR
- Trulign Toric IOL
- Tecnis Symfony
Like its traditional counterpart, laser cataract surgery is performed on an outpatient basis and takes about 10 to 15 minutes to perform. Recovery is short, and most patients are able to resume normal activities the next day. Visual improvement often occurs within 24 hours after surgery.
If you have been diagnosed with cataracts and would like to discuss your options for cataract surgery, schedule an appointment with TOC Eye®. A member of our team would be happy to meet with you in person. Contact us by calling 631-751-2020 today.