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Can LASIK Fix My Cataracts?

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If you have cataracts, you may be wondering about the best way to treat them. Unfortunately, there is only one treatment for cataracts, and that treatment is surgery.

The good news is that the surgery is a pretty easy and routine procedure. The bad news is that there’s only one kind of surgery that will do the job, so you can’t have your cataracts fixed with LASIK.

But there are options if you want better vision after a cataract! Keep reading to learn more!

Cataracts

So why can’t LASIK fix cataracts? Well, first, let’s look at what cataracts are. Cataracts occur when the natural lens in your eye becomes cloudy. This is usually a natural side effect of the aging process.

As the lens gets more and more cloudy, it can be harder and harder to see. People with cataracts experience blurry vision, glare, halos, and trouble with contrast. The more advanced the cataracts are, the more severe these symptoms get.

LASIK Surgery

LASIK is a procedure that corrects a patient’s vision by reshaping the cornea. Reshaping the cornea corrects how light refracts through the eyes and is seen.

LASIK uses an excimer laser to reshape the cornea. The surgeon shapes the front part of the eye to act the same way your glasses or contacts do.

This procedure doesn’t do anything to fix cataracts because the lens isn’t treated during LASIK. Reshaping the cornea doesn’t fix any symptoms caused by a clouded lens.

Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is the only way to treat cataracts. With cataract surgery, your surgeon makes an incision through the cornea. After the incision, the clouded lens is then removed through the incision.

This is possible by inserting a small instrument to break up the lens and then suck it out with a vacuum. The patient is then given an artificial implant called an intraocular lens (IOL). The IOL replaces the natural lens removed from your eye.

Alternative Vision Correction

If you want to have your cataracts treated, cataract surgery is your best option. But you can also improve your vision through cataract surgery.

There are a variety of IOLs that you can get that correct your vision, allowing you to see up close and far away. There’s even an IOL that’s designed to correct astigmatism.

These are premium IOLs, meaning insurance doesn’t cover the cost. The out-of-pocket expense is usually no more than the price of LASIK, making it a good alternative.

If you want clear vision without cataracts, you can undergo Refractive Lens Exchange. Many people who don’t qualify for LASIK have this alternative procedure.

If you have cataracts, cataract surgery is a great way to get rid of them and improve your regular vision all at once!

Want to find out more about vision correction procedures? Contact Montgomery Eye Center in Naples, FL to schedule an appointment today! Even if you aren’t a LASIK candidate, there are other vision solutions out there that we can assist you with!

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