By Linda Phillips, R.N.
Q: I am researching my options for cataract surgery. Why would someone choose laser instead of traditional surgery? Roseanne F., Southgate
A: The primary benefits of choosing laser cataract surgery are that the surgeon can make more precise, finer incisions customized to each patient’s eye. Other improvements are increased safety, comfort for the patient during surgery and increased predictability of visual outcomes. Treatment for astigmatism can also be done to reduce dependency on glasses.
Q: Can cataract surgery be done to both eyes in one operation? Harriet W., Dearborn
A: Yes, but doing surgery on both eyes at one time is not recommended. It is safer for the patient and we like to give one eye time to heal before the doing the procedure on the second eye.
Q: For patients who have had LASIK, is laser cataract surgery possible? Bernard F., Trenton
A: Yes, cataract surgery is possible after LASIK, but your surgeon may need to perform special testing and will need to discuss all of the risks and benefits with you prior to your procedure.
Linda Phillips, R.N. has more than 20 years experience as an ophthalmic surgical nurse. She is also the administrator of Southgate Surgery Center, 14050 Dix Toledo Road, Southgate. Do you have a health question for Phillips? Submit it by email to: [email protected].
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