State-of-the-art, bladeless surgery to restore your vision
Cataract surgery has several steps: making an incision in the cornea, breaking up the old, cloudy natural lens, removing the lens, and correctly placing the replacement lens.
Laser Cataract Surgery uses the Femtosecond laser to do many of the steps traditionally performed by hand but is now bladeless, all computer-controlled and programmed by Dr. Neda Shamie or Dr. Hura. Although modern cataract surgery is considered to be one of the safest and most successful procedures performed in medicine today, Laser Cataract Surgery improves the precision of many of the key surgical steps to provide even better outcomes and make Advanced Cataract Surgery at the Maloney-Shamie Vision Institute in Los Angeles even safer.
Frequently Asked Cataract Surgery Questions
How Laser Cataract Surgery Works
Cataract surgery has several steps: making an incision in the cornea, breaking up the old, cloudy natural lens, removing the lens, and correctly placing the replacement lens. Laser Cataract Surgery uses the Femtosecond laser to do many of the steps currently performed by hand but is now bladeless, all computer-controlled and programmed by Dr. Neda Shamie or Dr. Hura.
Although modern cataract surgery is considered to be one of the safest and most successful procedures performed in medicine today, Laser Cataract Surgery improves the precision of many of the key surgical steps to provide even better outcomes and make Advanced Cataract Surgery at the Maloney-Shamie Vision Institute in Los Angeles even safer.
During the laser procedure, small incisions are made in the cornea of the eye with the laser. The laser is also used to break up the natural lens of the eye so it may be removed. The lens is then removed through the incisions and the procedure continues as the new intraocular lens is placed in the eye.
Advantages of Laser Cataract Surgery: The New Standard
Los Angeles Cataract Surgeons, Dr. Shamie and Dr. Hura use the state-of-the-art Femtosecond laser for laser cataract surgery. The Femtosecond is a small, superfast laser that makes precise incisions while leaving the surrounding healthy tissue unaffected. It has been used for a decade in LASIK surgery and is now available for cataract surgery. According to Dr. Shamie, "Laser cataract surgery is like robotic surgery on other parts of the body. We can do precise, minimally invasive cataract surgery with the laser. A large cataract can be broken into tiny pieces with the laser and removed through an ultra-small incision."
Manual cataract surgery
Laser cataract surgery
Advantages of Laser Cataract Surgery Vs. Traditional (Manual) Method
Dr. Shamie and Dr. Hura at the Los Angeles-based Maloney-Shamie Vision Institute are proud to offer some of the finest laser cataract surgery Los Angeles has to offer. Many cataract patients can expect the following benefits from their surgery:
More Accurate Correction of Your Vision
Precise laser incisions allow better correction of astigmatism. Also, your lens implant is better centered, snugly fit, and less likely to shift during your healing. A perfectly centered lens means more accurate vision correction and better quality of vision.
More Gentle Surgery
Less energy is used in laser cataract surgery. Lower energy used inside the eye better protects the fragile internal structures of the eye. The risk of damage to the delicate structure that surrounds the cataract, the capsular bag, is lower with laser cataract surgery. An undamaged capsular bag is important to support the new lens implant.
With more than 85,000 procedures performed and over 60 years of combined experience offering LASIK, Implantable Contact Lenses, Advanced Lens Cataract Surgery and Cornea services to Los Angeles, the doctors of Maloney-Shamie Vision Institute are Los Angeles’ experts in helping you achieve better vision without glasses or contact lenses.
Your eyes are just as unique as your fingerprints and the right correction procedure for them will be just as unique. Maloney-Shamie Vision Institute offers customized solutions for improved vision at any stage of life. We work with you to find the best treatment not just based on your measurements, but your lifestyle, hobbies, career, and interests. Because we perform the full spectrum of vision correction procedures, we don’t push the envelope of safety to make you fit into one category. And if you're anything less than a good candidate for surgery, we’ll tell you.
In a nationwide survey by Ophthalmology Times, Dr. Maloney was voted one of America’s Top 10 vision correction specialists. He and Dr. Shamie are both recipients of the Senior Achievement Award by the American Academy of Ophthalmology for their contributions to educating other eye surgeons. Both have been voted yearly by peers to be among Castle Connolly’s “Best Doctors” and Southern California SuperDoctors. Accolades are special but the best acknowledgement by our peers is that over 500 eye doctors or their family members have chosen MSVI for their own vision correction surgery.
A Lens Implant Will Complete Your Vision Restoration
After your cataract surgery, there are many options for replacement lenses, and our Vision Correction Specialists will help you choose the one that best suits your needs.
Light Adjustable Lens
The Light Adjustable Lens is the only lens implant whose power can be adjusted after surgery by shining a precise pattern of ultraviolet light on the lens. Everyone heals differently after surgery, so many people have vision that is good but not quite perfect with non-adjustable lenses. The Light Adjustable Lens can be adjusted to correct any remaining nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. The result is extraordinarily clear 20/20 vision in the great majority of patients. There is no need to undergo an additional surgical procedure like LASIK for perfect vision. The light adjustable lens does require a greater commitment from you. Because ultraviolet light changes the lens power, you need to wear UV protective glasses for the first month after surgery. It also requires three to four extra visits to our office to adjust the lens power.
Advanced Multifocal Lens
The multifocal lens is similar to bifocal or trifocal glasses, and can provide a very wide range of vision. You will generally have the ability to see far away and read without glasses. More than 90% of patients with these lens implants use glasses never or only occasionally. Multifocal lenses have some limitations. You will have mild halos around lights at night, although these are generally not bothersome. If you require perfect distance vision or vision for detailed close work, another implant may be a better choice for you. Multifocal lenses are best for motivated patients who have a strong enough desire to be spectacle-free to tolerate some mild halos at night.
Advanced Extended Range Lens
The extended range lens falls in between the single focus lens and the multifocal lens. The extended range lens offers crisp distance vision day or night without the halos around lights one may have with the multifocal lens. It also offers excellent intermediate vision. This lens allows you to work on the computer, see the dashboard, or read large print held at arm’s length. The extended range lens is best for patients who want excellent, crisp distance vision and the ability to work on the computer without glasses, but are ok with reading glasses for up close.
Advanced Toric Lens
The toric lens implant is designed to correct larger amounts of astigmatism. The other lenses do not provide good vision in patients with high astigmatism. The toric lens offers excellent distance or close vision (but not both) in patients with high astigmatism.
Small Aperture Lens
With advanced technology, the Small Aperture Lens offers clear, precise vision at all distances. The lens eliminates unfocused light that causes blurred vision and transmits only the focused light to the retina, resulting in sharp and clear objects and text at varying distances.