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April 5 , 2018 /

Can LASIK Fix Cataracts?

This is a common question we are asked and while the short answer is “No”, here’s why:

In the case of LASIK Surgery versus Cataract Surgery, the symptom of blurry vision is occurring for two entirely different reasons.  The goal of LASIK Surgery is to reshape the cornea to correct a refractive error. Think of a refractive error as wearing the wrong prescription strength in your glasses. Once the prescription is corrected, the refractive error goes away and your vision is clear. LASIK is one way, and an excellent way at that, of surgically correcting your refractive error, leaving you free from glasses or contact lenses.

For the sake of comparison, let’s continue the analogy of wearing glasses; this time, your prescription is right but someone [very mean] has smeared Vaseline over the front of them. Even though we know there is no refractive error in the glasses, the dirty, cloudy lenses are now impeding your ability to see clearly. Similarly, a cataract is the clouding of the eye’s natural lens that occurs as we age. In order to “fix the cataract”, the natural lens is surgically removed and then replaced with an Intraocular Lens which is referred to as cataract surgery.

Traditionally, cataract surgery was performed to simply remove the cloudy lens but often still left patients dependent on eyeglasses or contact lenses afterwards. This has changed in recent years, and cataract surgery can now be customized to correct astigmatism, nearsightedness and farsightedness resulting in the same outcomes typically desired from LASIK surgery!

If you’re experiencing blurry vision and are interested in getting out of glasses, a consultation with a refractive surgeon like Dr. Collins is an important first step. During a consultation at Collins Vision, Dr. Collins will personally meet with you to examine your eyes, review findings from a series of diagnostic tests, and discuss post-surgical expectations with you. Based on these factors, he is able to recommend a treatment plan that is for best for you and the health of your eyes.

Regardless of whether the recommendation is LASIK surgery or Cataract Surgery, Collins Vision is here to help you lead a life with clear vision. Call us today at (239) 936-4706 to schedule a consultation or visit our website at www.collinsvision.com to learn more.

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