About Me

Allergies: The Unbearable Sniffing, Sneezing and Drainage

My name is Marilyn Baker, and I have horrible allergies. I’m 42 years old and have been suffering from allergies since I was a child. I have seasonal and environmental allergies. Allergies plague me year round. When I was young, my parents even moved to a dryer area in the hope of helping me. Over the past eight years, I have done extensive research both through doctors and online. I have managed to come up with some combinations that have helped me a great deal. My allergies aren’t gone, but they have become manageable. I do have to have allergy shots, but I also use some natural remedies. I am happy to be able to share my findings with you here on my blog. I hope you can find some of this of value.

Allergies: The Unbearable Sniffing, Sneezing and Drainage

Benefits of Undergoing Femtosecond Laser Surgery for Cataract Removal and Replacement Lens

by Clifton Davidson

Many elderly people find that their natural lens become cloudier as they age. When it becomes clear that the cloudiness is negatively affecting your vision, then it's time for you to have the lens removed and replaced with an artificial lens. Lens removal in the past has been performed with an ultrasound vibrating needle that your surgeon uses to break up your faulty lens and then manually vacuum the lens debris out. The procedure is called phacoemulsification and is followed by an intraocular lens replacement. New technology called the femtosecond laser safely softens your cataract before surgery, and this makes for a safer removal and lens-placement process. There are benefits to using femtosecond laser surgery for your cataract removal and replacement lens.

Femtosecond Laser 

Your surgeon creates a specific 3D-image surgical plan of your eye. This planning procedure is referred to as an optical coherence tomography (OCT). OCT with its depth, location, and length specifications in all planes is used to ensure that your surgery is completed with micro-level precision. No blades are used to create an incision in the cornea of your eye when you undergo femtosecond laser surgery.

Bladeless Surgery

Your surgeon gains access to the cornea of your eye with the use of OCT technology. OCT not only ensures safety of the incision but also assures that the autogenous quality of the procedure reduces the risk of your developing an infection later. Femtosecond laser capsulotomy is an important aspect of your surgery.

Anterior Capsulotomy

Access to your lens is traditionally gained through an anterior capsulotomy that enables entry to the cataract. A femtosecond laser uses anterior capsulotomy for the purpose of its accuracy and reproducible qualities. It offers better centering of the replacement intraocular lens. Better centering of your replacement lens ultimately determines your best visual outcome once your cataract is removed and your lens replacement is achieved. There is the possibility of your experiencing clearer vision in as much as a day following laser cataract surgery.

Costly Procedure

By virtue of what femtosecond laser offers you, the procedure is very costly. Understand that this type of cataract surgery is not a replacement for traditional cataract removal, which many people continue to undergo with good outcomes as well. You simply have to make sure that you choose a surgeon who has experience in performing traditional cataract surgery. Femtosecond laser surgery is an upgrade technology option for you if you can afford to pay for this type of cataract surgery. 

Medicare Coverage

Medicare does not pay for femtosecond laser surgery. One way of possibly getting Medicare to pay for this type of laser surgery is if your surgeon can prove that this is the only option for your cataract problem. That's a difficult standard to prove if traditional cataract surgery is well-entrenched as a viable treatment for your cataract problem.

Talk with an organization such as Country Hills Eye Center for more personalized information.