Now in-office! Cataract surgery and other laser eye procedures
New laser technologies for eye care are being released constantly, and we stay focused on keeping up! Our Family Eye & Laser office in Troy is equipped with the latest laser tools – so we can serve you using the latest, most precise eye care. We are pleased to now offer cataract surgery in-house. In addition, using laser devices such as YAG, LPI, and SLT, our eye doctors now offer advanced treatments for glaucoma and follow-up procedures after cataract surgery.
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How does cataract removal work? To begin, you will be given a mild sedative and we will cleanse your eye before applying dilating eye drops and numbing eye drops. This ensures that the procedure will be painless and comfortable. Then, our eye surgeon will make a small incision on the side of your cornea in order to gently remove the old lens. Using a specialized injector tool, the new intraocular lens (IOL) can now be inserted and adjusted by your eye surgeon to make sure that it is aligned properly.
Recovery from cataract surgery is rapid, and generally, there is no need for stitches. You should be able to return to your normal activities the next day. While the risks associated with cataract surgery are minimal, one complication that may occur is the development of a second cataract. This happens due to scarring of the capsule that holds the new IOL lens, and it can appear months or even years after the original cataract removal. As a result of this second cataract (also called an after-cataract), you may experience blurry vision. Fortunately, the treatment – called a YAG capsulotomy – is easy and efficient!
YAG laser procedure
A YAG capsulotomy (standard treatment for an after-cataract that can occur as a complication after cataract surgery) is a quick and painless procedure. Our eye surgeon will apply dilating eye drops before using a laser to cut a tiny hole in the ocular tissue behind your lens. This hole allows light to pass through, thereby resolving any visual problems.
After the YAG procedure, most patients will notice an improvement in their visual clarity within 24 hours. Also, this laser surgery is only needed once – as the capsule does not regrow after we vaporize it with the YAG.
LPI – laser peripheral iridotomy
LPI can be done to prevent or treat narrow-angle glaucoma; it is an effective, modern way to prevent you from suffering a sudden attack of glaucoma, which is sight-threatening. This laser procedure focuses a laser beam to create a tiny hole in your iris. Fluid can then drain more smoothly, thereby helping to unblock the eye’s draining system. Basically, LPI attempts to “open” the narrow-angle.
Before this laser surgery, we will apply eye drops to reduce the size of your pupil, to lower the pressure of your eye, and to numb the eye. Then, using a machine similar to the one we use to check your eyes during an eye exam – except with a laser attached to it, your eye surgeon will perform the LPI. The entire treatment takes only a few minutes.
We are pleased to now offer the LPI procedure on an outpatient basis in our eye care office in Troy.
SLT – selective laser trabeculoplasty
SLT is a laser procedure that can be used to treat glaucoma by lowering the pressure in your eye. Using short pulses of low energy laser, SLT targets specific cells in your eye’s drainage system. This stimulates and improves the function of the drainage system, ultimately slowing or stopping the progression of glaucoma.
Numbing eye drops, an eye pressure lowering eye drop, and eye drops to reduce the size of your pupil will first be applied. Then, we will perform SLT using a machine similar to the one that we use to check your eyes – except with a laser attached to it. The procedure is quick, lasting only a few minutes. You will be able to return to your normal activities shortly after SLT, and you will need to return to our eye care office afterward for follow-up appointments to monitor your eye pressure.
SLT can be an effective glaucoma treatment for most people with primary open-angle glaucoma. In general, complications are rare, and the results usually last from one to five years. SLT can be repeated if it wears off.
Learn more about laser eye surgeries done in-office at Family Eye & Laser
For more information about cataract surgery, SLT, LPI, and other laser eye surgeries that we offer in Troy, please contact us for a consultation.