Longhorn Eye Care
Adam Hart, M.D.
Ophthalmologist located in Pflugerville, TX
Developing cloudy vision as the result of cataracts can limit your ability to work and enjoy your favorite hobbies. At Longhorn Eye Care in Pflugerville, Texas, Dr. Adam Hart offers innovative laser-assisted cataract surgery to clear your vision without a long recovery period. Don’t let cataracts slow you down. Schedule an appointment at Longhorn Eye Care online or by phone to learn more.
Laser Cataract Surgery
What are cataracts?
A cataract is a clouding of the clear lens within your eye. This condition can blur your vision or make you feel like you’re looking through foggy glass. You may find it increasingly difficult to read a book or drive your car safely, especially at night.
Cataracts generally develop over time, and you may notice a gradual worsening of your vision until you finally need medical intervention to help you see.
What causes cataracts?
Cataracts are often the result of aging or can develop prematurely due to an injury to the lens of your eye. Cataracts can also be the result of other factors, including:
- Previous eye surgeries
- Long-term use of steroid medications
If your cataracts are the result of the natural aging process, it likely means your eye lens is growing thicker and less flexible. Tissue in your eye is starting to break down and group together, covering a portion of your lens. Without treatment, the clouding grows larger and covers the lens, causing vision loss.
How does laser-assisted cataract surgery work?
Prior to your surgery, Dr. Hart evaluates the health of your eyes to determine if you’re a good candidate for laser-assisted surgery.
During the procedure, Dr. Hart uses an imaging device to map details about your lens. The device sends this information to a computer to analyze the location, size, and depth necessary for the surgical incisions.
The surgery uses ultrashort pulses of laser energy to create a small incision in your cornea and make the lens softer for easier removal. The computer technology makes it possible for Dr. Hart to make more precise incisions. From the incision, Dr. Hart removes the clouded lens and replaces it with a clear one.
What kind of results can I expect?
Laser-assisted technology offers more surgical accuracy for Dr. Hart and takes less time than traditional cataract surgery.
Following your procedure, you should have immediate vision improvement. The clear lens allows you to see sharper, more detailed images, and you can expect maximum results within 1-2 weeks of the procedure.
Your eye needs time to heal following surgery, and a full recovery can take up to three months.
To find out if laser-assisted cataract surgery is right for you, schedule a consultation online or by phone.