Patient Spotlight: Cataracts
Lynn’s Cataract Story:
We love hearing feedback from patients! Lynn recently completed his cataract procedure with Dr. Russ. Let’s hear about his experience.
Why did you come to Shreveport Eye with Dr. Van Norman?
A friend of mine recommended Dr. Russ for cataract surgery.
What was your experience with the procedure?
My experience was excellent! Everyone was very professional and caring.
What can you do/see now that you couldn’t before?
My vision was very poor before the surgery. Now its so much better and clear!
Would you recommend this to others? Why?
Yes. The staff was very informative and professional. Dr. Van Norman is top notch! He explains everything in terms we can understand and very patient.
Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery
Laser-assisted cataract surgery has been used to remove cataracts for at least the past decade in the United States. This procedure provides the same outcome as traditional cataract surgery, but it makes use of a different method because of the advanced instruments. The surgeon utilizes a femtosecond laser to break up the cataracts, then using special software to create a surgical plan with a 3-D image of the eye called OCT (optical coherence tomography). This surgical plan includes the location, depth, and length of the cataract in all dimensions. By using this unique map of the eye, with the settings created in the software, the femtosecond laser will actually create the incisions and assist in the cataract removal with greater precision than a surgeon is capable of.
Light energy from the laser causes disruption of tissue borders with minimal damage to nearby tissue. The old lens is removed, and then, the new lens is inserted. Recovery time is known to be comparable with traditional cataract surgery, while most patients experience clearer vision and can resume normal activities rapidly after laser-assisted cataract surgery.