Laser Cataract Removal

Quite simply, this is the best technology in the world. Restore clarity and brightness to your vision with the CATALYS Precision Laser System. 

CATALYS Precision Laser System is the new standard in cataract surgery because it provides a safer, gentler, and highly customizable procedure.  

What are cataracts?

A cataract is diagnosed when the lens of the eye is cloudy. Much like a dirty window, a cloudy lens is difficult to see through. As cataracts progress, it becomes increasingly hard to see and do the things you enjoy. If left untreated, cataracts can result in eventual blindness. Cataract surgery quickly and painlessly replaces the cloudy lens with a new lens implant. Cataracts can affect one or both eyes and are a normal part of aging. If you live long enough, you will likely have cataracts to some degree. But factors such as smoking, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, and sun exposure can speed up the clouding of the lens of your eye.

Symptoms

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Cloudy, blurry, or dim vision

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More difficult seeing
at night or in low light

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Sensitivity to light and glare

glasses

Frequent changes in prescription

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Seeing halos around lights

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Faded or yellowed colors

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The need for brighter
light for reading

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Double vision or a "ghost"
image in one eye

Complete evaluation

The only way to know for certain if you have a cataract is to have a complete eye exam where your pupil is dilated with eye drops. Dr. Sharpe can detect early signs of a cataract by looking at the lens of your eye. If cataracts prevent you from seeing as well as you’d like, surgery to remove the clouded lens is the only way to improve your vision. A big part of our job is to help you understand the process, risks, and costs of cataract surgery, so you can make a confident, informed decision.

CATALYS is a more precise treatment that’s highly customized to each patient. The method allows for little to no discomfort during surgery and a more rapid recovery. Patients will experience gentler cataract removal, reduced inflammation, and the potential for a reduced need for glasses or contacts after surgery.

“I am unwaveringly committed to using technologies that deliver the best results.

- Dr. Sharpe

The Catalys Method

We know that any surgery on your eyes can be scary. Dr. Sharpe takes time to help you understand every step of the procedure and makes sure you’re comfortable and relaxed before, during, and after surgery. While all exams are handled at the SharpeVision office, Dr. Sharpe performs cataract surgeries at an outpatient surgery center.

Before
Surgery

We begin with an eye exam. We measure the length and curvature of your eye, which helps determine the right lens implant for you. Dr. Sharpe and his team will discuss various lens implant options that may eliminate glasses after cataract surgery.

Dr. Sharpe will also prescribe anti-inflammatory and antibiotic eye drops that reduce swelling and the risk of infection. We’ll provide specific instructions on how to use them after surgery.

At the outpatient surgery center, you will be checked in and asked to sign an informed consent document. You will be taken to a room and given drops to prepare your eye for the surgery. You will be given an IV with medicine that will help you relax. Most people feel sleepy during the procedure.

During
Surgery

Because every eye varies in size and shape, CATALYS’ advanced 3D imaging builds a 3D map of each eye and tailors the treatment to that map.  This mapping technology allows Dr. Sharpe to create a customized treatment plan that matches the uniqueness of each eye.

During the procedure, eye drops are used to completely numb the eye—no needles are used at all.  Dr. Sharpe then uses the CATALYS laser to create a circular opening for accessing and removing the cataract.  This opening is about 10 times more accurate when performed with CATALYS than what is achieved by hand.  CATALYS then softens and breaks up the hard cataract for a gentler, safer, and easier cataract removal.  

After
Surgery

You will spend a short period of time resting in the outpatient recovery area before you are ready to be driven home. You should expect to have blurry vision and mild soreness after the procedure, but you will be able to see Dr. Sharpe the very next day at his office.

Depending on your pre-operative vision and desired visual result, Dr. Sharpe may recommend a tailored treatment plan that could include creating ultra-precise laser incisions in the cornea and a specific clear lens type, such as a multi-focal lens. This tailored treatment may reduce your need for glasses or contacts after surgery.