North Miami Office
Laser assisted cataract surgery was introduced in early 2010. The femtosecond laser is able to accurately and reliably perform pivotal steps of the surgery which in turn makes your surgery less dependent on manual manipulation and human error. The laser is able to perform the corneal incisions, opening on the cataract (capsulotomy), fragmentation and softening of the cataract as well as corneal relaxing incisions for the management of astigmatism. Astigmatism is when the cornea is not a perfect spherical shape, rather it is more oblong shaped like the side of a football. Uncorrected astigmatism after surgery contributes to blurring of the vision without glasses. For patients seeking glasses independence it is advantageous to treat astigmatism during cataract surgery.
There are 3 main categories of intraocular lens implants monofocal, toric and multifocal.
The standard monofocal lens is able to correct nearsightedness or farsightedness but not astigmatism. This usually means that with this lens implant your vision will improve but you may be dependent on glasses after surgery for best vision at distance and near.
The toric lens is able to correct nearsightedness or farsightedness as well as astigmatism. Most patients with the toric lens are able to see very well without glasses at a distance and depend on reading glasses alone.
The multifocal lens allows you to regain the ability to focus for near and far without eyeglasses. Most patients with multifocal lenses are glasses free for most activities. There are different types of multifocals implants approved by the FDA to correct presbyopia. All are available at Airala Laser and Cataract Institute.
During your consultation our doctors will be able to personalize your treatment and lens choice based on your specific needs.