The Difference Between Lasik and Laser Cataract Surgery

Cataracts are a difficult thing for anyone to deal with, but there are options. Here we discuss the difference between LASIK and laser cataract surgery.

Cataracts are an important concern for Americans. When you consider the fact that over half of us will have cataracts by the time we turn 75, you can see why LASIK or laser cataract surgery is appealing.

It’s important that you take your medical needs seriously. This means going with the right treatment for your eyesight woes. If you don’t know what you’re dealing with, how can you see results?

All of this is to say that LASIK and laser cataract surgery are not the same thing. Here are a few of the differences.

LASIK Surgery

LASIK is one of the most popular eye surgeries today. Invented in the 1970s and first approved for use on patients in 1995, it represented a bold and innovative way to treat the unique vision challenges of Americans.

While it is incredibly popular, a lot of people still don’t understand LASIK surgery or even who it’s for. Here are a few tips to help you navigate your options.

Who It’s For

LASIK is not the same as laser cataract surgery. Simply put, if you have cataracts, LASIK is not meant for you.

LASIK can benefit people with one of three conditions. Nearsighted and farsighted people can benefit from LASIK surgery. On top of that, people with astigmatism can also benefit from the surgery.

How It Works

People understand that their eyes are complicated. But, as with most complicated things, the average person is happy to let the experts understand the complexities of eyes while they go about their day.

Unless you’re an eye doctor, you don’t need to know about the intricacies of cornea tissue and LASIK. But it is fascinating.

Basically, our vision works because of the way our eyes are curved. When we see, light is reflecting off of the surface of our eyes, shaping to that curve, and actively forming a picture of the world we live in.

Cataracts and the need for laser cataract surgery are both caused by people finding a cloudy block to their vision. Yet, most vision impairments that require LASIK come from a problem with the shape of the eye’s lens.

If you can’t see properly, your eye is either too flat or too curved. LASIK can help.

LASIK works by using lasers to reshape the cornea. The lasers slightly remove small amounts of corneal tissue and either create a curve to the surface of the eye or flatten it.

Can I Go Blind?

There are risks associated with any surgery. This includes LASIK. Yet, you won’t go blind from the surgery.

Even other risks of the surgery are relatively low. It is extremely rare for patients to leave surgery with bad eyesight.

There are other risks associated with LASIK surgery, but they are temporary. For instance, it is possible that you will experience dry eyes or double vision from your Lasik surgery.

Most of these side effects will subside within a few weeks. If they do not, you should absolutely contact your eye doctor.

One other risk is that the surgery won’t be “good enough.” There have been cases of under-correction and overcorrection during LASIK surgery.

Overcorrection is extremely rare. Under-correction is also rare, but more likely for people who are nearsighted.

If you experience either under-correction or overcorrection, you may need another LASIK surgery. Usually, you will need to wait at least a year for this to happen. In either case, the first step is consulting with your doctor.

Will I Need Reading Glasses?

One misconception that nearsighted people have before getting LASIK is that they will need reading glasses after the surgery. This is not what happens during either LASIK or laser cataract surgery.

LASIK works by reshaping your cornea. That means that the focus is not on making your eyesight “closer” or “further,” but on shaping your eye to its ideal vision level.

Because of this, nearsighted people do not need reading glasses after getting LASIK surgery. This makes it a great option for people who want to save money on the cost of glasses.

Laser Cataract Surgery

Like LASIK, laser cataract surgery involves using lasers to correct your vision. However, these are two entirely different procedures, focused on two entirely different patient needs.

Laser cataract surgery focuses on removing the cataract from the eye. While this involves making changes to the eye’s structure, it does not involve the same type of reshaping you would associate with LASIK.

As with LASIK, the surgery requires precision. Every pair of eyes is unique.

In our case, we base our surgery on a 3D remodel of your eye. This makes it easy for us to figure out what the problem is with your eye and allows our surgeons to operate as precisely as possible.

There have been cataract surgeries before the laser method. But, this method is by far the most precise way to treat people who suffer from cataracts.

As with LASIK and all other surgeries, there are some risks. But the risks are relatively low. For more information, you should speak to your doctor.

Get Your Eyes Treated

Whether you’re looking for LASIK or laser cataract surgery, our team of professionals offers some of the best treatment you can get in the Midwest.

We are committed to helping people see because we know that the world is a beautiful place. Going through life with clouded or blurry vision limits your ability to see just how amazing it is.

When you work with us, we think you’ll also be amazed at all of the wonderful things you can see. If you want to get started, contact us.