Refractive Cataract Surgery at Horizon Laser Vision Center

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What Is Refractive Cataract Surgery?

A cataract is the clouding of your eye’s natural lens, typically occurring due to age. While cataracts may not affect your vision at first, they can progress until you struggle to read, drive, or read the expression on someone’s face. When cataracts interfere with your everyday life, surgery may be the only option to restore your vision.

Refractive cataract surgery can help restore your sight while improving your vision, replacing your clouded lens with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). Learn more about this procedure to see if it is right for your vision needs.

How Does Refractive Cataract Surgery Work?

Your ophthalmologist removes your clouded natural lens during refractive cataract surgery, restoring and improving your vision. 

The procedure can be completed manually with a surgical blade or with the assistance of a femtosecond laser.

The ophthalmologist will begin removing your natural lens by creating a precise opening in the cornea and the capsule that holds the lens. Using a femtosecond laser or ultrasound energy they will then break the natural lens into smaller pieces to fully remove it. 

Your ophthalmologist places a new, artificial lens after removing your natural lens. This surgery typically does not require stitches because the incisions created are self-healing. It is common to experience irritation, glare, halos, and light sensitivity during the healing process. 

What Are the Benefits of Refractive Cataract Surgery?

There are several benefits to refractive cataract surgery, including: 

  • Restoring vision by removing the clouded natural lens
  • Receiving a specialized IOL that meets your vision needs
  • Correcting presbyopia with a wide range of customized IOLs

Who Is Eligible for Refractive Cataract Surgery?

Refractive cataract surgery is ideal for someone experiencing poor vision due to cataracts and seeking glasses independence. Besides having cataracts, other factors can determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure.

Contact us for a consultation to determine if refractive cataract surgery is ideal for you.

What Are the Long-Term Results of Refractive Cataract Surgery?

The long-term result of refractive cataract surgery is crisp and clear vision. Research has shown that 55% of patients had no vision deterioration 20 years after cataract surgery.

Request a consultation to learn more about refractive cataract surgery and if it is right for your needs.


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