Cataract surgery:
a common procedure for results that last a lifetime

Patients received modest compensation for participation in this video.

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Cathy Cataracts

Real patients couldn’t believe how short
their procedure was

Cataract surgery is generally a short, common, and safe procedure. If you start planning now, you might be surprised at how soon you could be seeing more clearly.

Common risks of cataract surgery


Cataract surgery is one of the most common procedures performed in the United States today

The procedure usually takes around 15 minutes, with an hour to two in the surgery center for recovery, and generally follows these steps:

1) A minor incision will be made to the cornea using a handheld blade or laser

2) A small probe will break up and remove your cataracts, and a new lens will be placed in your eye

3) Generally, no stitches are required, as the incision is so small

4) A bandage or patch will be placed over the eye to protect it afterward

According to an AARP telephone survey of 250 people who had cataract surgery

4 out of 5 cataracts patients

people say cataract surgery was easier than expected

Bladeless laser-assisted cataract surgery: a safe and precise option

Traditionally, cataract surgeons have used a handheld blade during surgery to make tiny incisions in the eye to remove a naturally clouded lens. Today, thanks to advances in surgical technology, people can choose to undergo a bladeless laser-assisted procedure instead.

Bladeless laser-assisted cataract surgery can help you get back to the lifestyle you love with improved vision, and it simplifies some of the most demanding steps of your procedure. Advanced laser-assisted surgery offers:

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Laser precision surgery

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Fast treatment times

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More predictable outcomes than standard cataract surgery

Did you know?

Studies have shown that laser-assisted surgery can limit damage to your eye during surgery, and that it ensures more predictable and even incisions to help with healing and lens placement.

Talk to your eye care provider about bladeless laser-assisted cataract surgery options for your procedure.

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