Adding Lasers to Cataract Surgery

February 15, 2019

LASIK Chicago, ILCataracts are the leading cause of blindness across the globe. In the U.S. it is estimated that over 22 million people over the age of 40 have some degree of cataracts. Cataract surgery, the procedure to remove the clouded lens caused by the disease, is incredibly successful with a success rate of over 98 percent in the U.S.

At Millennium Park Eye Center, we perform cataract surgeries every day. To improve this surgery, we offer laser cataract surgery, which provides various benefits over the traditional method of using surgical blades.

Here’s some information on our laser cataract surgery at Millennium Park.

Why have cataract surgery?

Cataracts are not something to ignore. The lens of the affected eye becomes more and more cloudy due to the buildup of proteins. Night vision is usually the first thing impacted, as it becomes more and more difficult to see what you need, and halos surround lights. From there, the clouding of the lens will continue until the eye is eventually legally blind.

But there is absolutely no reason to let that happen — laser cataract surgery is fast and the recovery is not difficult. Afterward, your vision will be crystal clear and you will also probably have improved refractive quality.

Here’s how it is done

At Millennium Park Eye Center, we use minimally invasive, small-incision, no-stitch cataract surgery known as phacoemulsification (phaco) surgery. We utilize the LenSx® femtosecond laser for greater precision and accuracy. Plus the laser preempts the need for a surgical blade.

We perform our laser cataract surgeries at our Michigan Avenue facility. The surgery is remarkably fast, requiring only five to 10 minutes. Here’s how we do it.

The LenSx™ system first creates a 3D image of your eye for guidance. This allows our surgeons' incredible accuracy when mapping the incision location. Next, the femtosecond laser creates the corneal incision and removes the anterior capsule of the lens. This gains access to the cataract-clouded lens. The incision is very small. Now the laser makes a series of cuts in the cataract-clouded lens. A probe is then inserted and delivers ultrasound energy that breaks up the cloudy lens. At the same time, the probe uses suction to gently remove the small lens pieces. The earlier scoring of the lens reduces the amount of ultrasound energy needed to break up the cataract lens. If you have astigmatism, we use the laser at this point to created peripheral corneal incisions. These reduce the condition. The final step of the surgery is to insert the artificial intraocular lens (IOL). Today’s advanced IOLs are foldable and are inserted through the same small incisions through which the original lens was removed. The small incision size doesn’t require any sutures; it will heal on its own.

Are you waiting to get your cataract-clouded vision fixed? Why? This is a remarkably effective, safe, satisfying procedure at Millennium Park Eye Center. Call us at (312) 996-2020 and let our expert team give you back crystal clear eyesight.


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