Cataract Surgery Day
During the past 20 to even 30 years, cataract surgery involved 4 to 6 stitches in the eye and many times around a 6 week recovery, followed by the use of eyeglasses for the rest of the patient’s life. These were acceptable tradeoffs for improved vision. Today’s patients want the removal of the cataract with a better visual outcome, but also less dependency on glasses. This is what motivated Dr. Frank W. Bowden, III, to offer the femtosecond laser cataract surgery to our patients.
What to Expect During Cataract Surgery
Cataract surgery takes approximately 20 minutes to perform. Surgery is performed on one eye at a time; if you need surgery on both eyes, the second surgery can be done after the first eye has healed (approximately 2 weeks later).
- Your eye is dilated and you are given a local anesthetic to numb the eye. We can also provide relaxation medication if you are feeling anxious about remaining awake during the procedure.
- Our doctors use the Victus® femtosecond laser to create a tiny incision on the cornea to gain access to the eye lens. Through this incision they can very gently break up and remove the cloudy eye lens.
- Optiwave Refractive Analysis (ORA) technology is used during surgery to review your refractive error measurements so any power updates to your replacement Intraocular Lens (IOL) can be made on the spot.
- The replacement IOL with the correct power is inserted into the eye to provide clearer vision. You have several options of IOLs, depending on the type of vision you wish to achieve after surgery. If you choose a Lifestyle Lens, you may be able to reduce or eliminate your need for glasses after cataract surgery.
Refractive Laser Cataract Surgery
Bowden Eye & Associates offers the latest in innovative technology designed to make cataract surgery more accurate and comfortable. In traditional cataract surgery, surgeons use a blade and then sound waves, suction, and irrigation to break up and remove the cloudy lens and prepare the eye for the new clear lens implant. In laser cataract surgery, Dr. Frank W. Bowden, III, and Dr. Sarah Darbandi use a precision laser beam to facilitate removal of the cloudy lens in a matter of seconds.
We’re a Leader in Laser Cataract Surgery
Bowden Eye & Associates is one of the first sites in the country to obtain the Victus femtosecond laser, the first femtosecond platform approved for both cataract and corneal flap procedures. Bowden Eye & Associates was also one of the first in the country to be named a Bausch & Lomb Center of Excellence, which allows other practices around the country to come here and learn how the Victus femtosecond laser can benefit their patients.
“It gives us more accuracy and precision in performing some of the critical steps of cataract surgery. There’s nothing wrong with traditional surgery when it’s done well, but studies have shown using the laser compared to the manual technique has improved outcomes.”
After Cataract Surgery
You will be given a protective eye shield to wear home after surgery as well as when sleeping. A friend or family member must drive you home after surgery so you can rest. It is normal for your vision to be a bit blurry for a few days after surgery, but this is usually temporary. Following your doctor’s post-op instructions and using the recommended eye drops will help ease any discomfort and promote healing. Most patients have improved vision within 2 weeks.
Can a Cataract Grow Back?
Sometimes a film can develop on the IOL that is placed in your eye. This is often referred to as a secondary cataract as it causes much of the same symptoms the original cataract did. A simple laser procedure is all that will be needed to remove the film and help restore your vision.
Would you like to get rid of cataracts and see clearly again? Dr. Frank W. Bowden, III, and Dr. Sarah Darbandi specialize in custom cataract surgery. When your vision is at stake—you can’t afford to waste another minute.
Find Out if Cataract Surgery in Jacksonville is Right for You
Schedule an appointment online or call our office at (904) 296-0098.