Cataract surgery is the only treatment option for patients with cataracts, i.e., cloudy or hazy vision due to protein formations on the eye lens. Cataract surgery involves removing cataracts and replacing the lens with intraocular lens implants. This must be done with the utmost precision to ensure optimal results and restore clear and sharp vision. At West Coast Eye Institute, we perform cutting-edge femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS) to ensure consistent results without complications or downtime.

What is femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS)?

Femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS) is an advanced form of cataract surgery formulated as a result of recent technological developments. This procedure has the same goal as traditional cataract surgery — removing cataracts and placing the intraocular lens implants. But it distinguishes itself by utilizing a femtosecond laser to ensure optimal precision and control, negating the already-low possibility of error.

During femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery, advanced laser technology is used to break up cataracts in a controlled and precise manner. The laser device facilitates precise incisions in the cornea, minimizing the energy needed to fragment the lens. This minimizes the damage caused to the surrounding tissues, thereby improving the results and outcome.

Consistent and predictable results with FLACS

The primary benefit of femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS) is that the incisions in the cornea are highly controlled and precise. Minimal mechanical variability ensures consistent results without harsh side effects or complications.

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Remove the possibility of human error with FLACS

Femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS) is performed using a laser-guided computer system, involving minimal human intervention. This leads to the highest levels of precision possible, negating the possibility of human error or inaccuracies. The FLACS procedure also removes the risk of damage to surrounding tissues.

How is cataract surgery performed?

Once you arrive at the surgical center, you’ll have to fill out the preoperative paperwork. Our talented medical staff will dilate your eyes with eye drops and administer intravenous anesthesia to ensure optimal comfort and numbness. You’ll be taken to an operating room, where you’ll lay completely flat on an operating table.

During cataract surgery, you might experience a slight pressure on the orbital bones during the cleaning process, but there’s no pain. You’ll be asked to focus on a light show as the femtosecond laser removes your cataracts. After your cataracts are removed, the eye surgeon will place the ideal intraocular lenses for your specific goals and lifestyle. The procedure concludes within 20 minutes, following which someone can drive you home.

How do I know if I have cataracts?

The lenses in your eyes should be completely transparent and clear because they allow light to pass into your eyeball. Cataracts are protein formations on the lenses that make them look cloudy, leading to hazy or blurry vision. This makes it seem like you’re looking through a cloudy window or foggy window.

The following are the primary signs of cataracts:

  • Hazy vision
  • Blurry vision
  • Halos around lights
  • Poor night vision
  • Poor vision around bright lights
  • Yellowish tint in your vision
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Schedule your cataract surgery in Bakersfield, CA

West Coast Eye Institute specializes in the latest techniques for cataract surgery, and we also provide advanced multifocal lenses to restore optimal vision. Each cataract surgery plan is curated according to your unique goals and lifestyle to ensure optimal results. Please schedule an appointment to explore your cataract surgery options in Bakersfield, CA.