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Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery

By DuPage Medical Group Ophthalmology

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, cataracts affect nearly 22 million Americans aged 40 and older. By age 80, more than half of all Americans have cataracts (clouding of the lens which impairs vision). A leading-edge procedure called Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery uses a laser to assist in the in the removal of your cataracts and restore vision precisely and accurately. This procedure is completely customizable for each individual through the creation of a high-resolution, 3D model of the eye which allows for tailored treatments that provide improved results.

Traditional cataract surgery, currently the most routinely performed, is carried out through the use of a hand-held blade for incisions within the cornea in order to access the cataract. In a standard cataract procedure, the cataract is removed and replaced with a basic lens. While vision is clearer, glasses could still be required, particularly reading glasses.

Alternatively, through laser-assisted cataract surgery, a laser is used instead of a blade. Using a laser is more precise and allows for more predictable visual outcomes. Additionally, there may be a reduction in inflammation, improved safety and increased comfort during surgery.

DMG ophthalmologists perform this procedure at GlenOaks Hospital using the Lensar Laser System, one of the most advanced technologies on the market for laser assisted cataract surgery, and are available in the western suburbs for consultations.

If you have questions about cataract surgery and would like to know which method is most appropriate for you, please contact DuPage Medical Group Eye Specialists at 630-322-8300 for more information or to schedule a consultation.

Because the laser-assisted cataract surgery involves advanced technology and is newer than traditional surgical methods, laser-assisted cataract surgery is not yet covered by insurance plans including Medicare or private health insurances. Instead, this procedure requires additional out-of-pocket costs. Please talk to your insurance provider directly to confirm benefits under your plan.

Topics and Subtopics: Eye Care

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