Patient Spotlight: Cataracts
Robbie’s Cataract Story:
We love hearing feedback from patients! Robbie recently completed her cataract procedure with Dr. Russ. Let’s hear about her experience.
Why did you come to Shreveport Eye with Dr. Van Norman?
My husband is a patient of Dr. Russ. I came to see him because everything seemed cloudy and not very clear. I also had trouble seeing from a distance.
What specific procedures did Dr. Van Norman perform?
I came to Dr. Russ to have him perform cataract surgery on my right eye.
What was your experience with the procedure?
My experience was very positive from start to finish! I just wish I had done it sooner.
What can you do/see now that you couldn’t before?
I can see much clearer and brighter than before. My long Distance vision is much improved as well.
Would you recommend this to others? Why?
Yes, the quality of your eyesight is much improved with this simple procedure. And, I found Dr. Van Norman to be very skilled and professional. I highly recommend him!
It’s all about Robbie’s Cataract Story
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.