Millions of people struggle with impaired vision due to cataracts, a natural clouding of the eye’s lens. The solution to this common problem is to remove and replace the lens, either manually or with the help of a laser. Laser-assisted cataract surgery is a frequently performed outpatient procedure that offers several advantages over the manual method.
At Susskind & Almallah Eye Associates, we perform laser cataract surgery using the advanced CATALYS® Precision Laser System. This system provides a safe and predictable way to restore clear vision. We were the first eye center in the area to offer this laser on site to our patients.
Find out if this procedure is right for you by scheduling a consultation at 732-349-5622. Our board-certified ophthalmologists and experienced eye care professionals serve Toms River, Brick, Barnegat, and Manalapan Township, New Jersey.
What Is the CATALYS® Precision Laser System?
The CATALYS® System is designed specifically for cataract surgery. It offers precision, predictability, and safety during every stage of the cataract procedure. The FDA-cleared system involves a state-of-the-art femtosecond laser, 3D imaging technology, and refined eye tracking software.
The benefits of laser cataract surgery using CATALYS® include:
- Personalization: Your procedure is based on a 3-D blueprint of your eye.
- Precision: The system is far more precise than manual cataract surgery.
- Refractive error correction: Our cataract surgeons can simultaneously correct astigmatism during the procedure. Combining the procedure with the Tecnis Multifocal® intra-ocular lens can also eliminate the need for reading glasses after surgery.
- Improved recovery: Patients tend to experience minimal inflammation and redness after the procedure. CATALYS® offers a faster healing time and a potentially lower risk of infection.
- Faster results: Patients tend to experience faster visual results over traditional cataract surgery.
Am I a Candidate for Laser Cataract Surgery?
The best way to find out if laser cataract surgery is right for you is to schedule an eye examination with our experienced doctors. They will evaluate your degree of vision loss and make recommendations specific to your situation.
Many individuals live with cataracts that do not considerably impact their vision. Often, these people do not need cataract surgery. They may be able to manage their symptoms of early cataracts by wearing new eyeglasses.
However, our doctors will likely advise you to treat your cataracts if your visual impairment becomes significant enough to interfere with your usual activities. Currently, cataract surgery is the only effective treatment. Patients who undergo cataract surgery to restore clear vision often experience a significant improvement in their quality of life.
Manual vs. Laser Cataract Surgery
Cataract surgery has been around for hundreds of years. Traditional cataract surgery is a manual process, but advancements in the field have replaced those technically demanding manual steps with laser-assisted technology. There are notable differences between the manual approach and the CATALYS® System at each stage of your cataract surgery.
Step 1: Making the Incisions
To access the cataract, our surgeons need to make a few tiny incisions. With the manual approach, these incisions can be irregular. With the CATALYS® System, they are nearly perfect.
Step 2: Preparing the Cataract for Removal
In order for the cataract to be smoothly removed through the small incisions, it must be divided into smaller pieces. With the manual approach, the cataract is not pre-segmented and is broken into pieces that are random in size and shape. By contrast, the CATALYS® System easily pre-cuts the cataract into small, predictable segments.
Step 3: Placing the IOL
After removing your clouded lens, our cataract surgeons will replace it with an artificial one called an IOL, or intraocular lens. This soft new lens will remain in your eye for a very long time, so it must be positioned properly.
Centering the IOL under the circular incision is the ideal placement. The CATALYS® System ensures that the alignment is precise.
We have been performing cataract surgery with the CATALYS® System since 2014. Since then, 90 percent of our patients who need cataract surgery decide to have it completed with this system. It is gentle enough to work on the delicate anatomy of your eye.
To further personalize your experience, we offer the CATALYS® System in conjunction with the HOLOS IntraOperative Wavefront Aberrometer. This technology provides real-time feedback that allows our surgeons to select the best IOL for your unique needs.
Schedule Your Cataract Treatment in New Jersey
You don’t need to live with impaired vision due to cataracts. Laser-assisted cataract surgery is a safe and effective way to restore your eyesight.
Dr. Omar Almallah has performed over 25,000 cataract operations. As a nationally-recognized cataract surgeon, he is committed to helping you see the world clearly. He and his highly-trained staff would love to meet with you and explain your options for cataract surgery.
Call 732-349-5622 to schedule your consultation at Susskind & Almallah Eye Associates. We have modern facilities located in Toms River, Brick, Barnegat, and Manalapan Township, New Jersey for your convenience.