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LASIK vs. Traditional Cataract Surgery

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LASIK vs. Traditional Cataract Surgery

How Both Procedures Correct Vision in Different Ways

We often answer questions from patients with cataracts about whether they can have LASIK surgery, or if they should have LASIK following cataract surgery. While both LASIK and cataract surgery are used to treat vision problems, those problems are inherently different—and they must be treated differently. Let’s break down the key differences between LASIK and cataract surgery, including the vision problems they correct, what happens during surgery, and what makes someone a good candidate.

 

LASIK Surgery

What vision problems does it correct?

  • Vision problems caused by the shape of the cornea, including conditions like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism

 

What happens during surgery?

  • A corneal flap is created to allow a laser to reshape the cornea

 

Who is a good candidate?

  • Someone in good health with stable vision (generally a prescription that has not changed in two years)

 

Cataract Surgery

What vision problems does it correct?

  • Blurred vision caused by the clouding of the eye’s lens

 

What happens during surgery?

  • The affected lens is removed and a lens implant is inserted and positioned

 

Who is a good candidate?

  • Someone who is suffering from blurry or hazy vision due to cataracts caused by eye trauma, eye disease, or heredity

 

If you are unsure whether traditional cataract surgery or LASIK is right for you, the best thing you can do is speak to your primary care doctor or schedule a consultation with our team. We can help assess your vision and determine the best vision correction options for you.

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