Laser Eye Surgery
For specific conditions, we use lasers to assist in our surgical procedures. These instruments use the energy produced by a microscopic beam of light to treat bodily tissue, like the eyes. In fact, the first medical use of lasers was for the eyes. Today, they continue to be one of the most common applications for laser surgery technology.
The ophthalmic lasers used at Eye Consultants of Silicon Valley are precision instruments that treat different parts of the eyes and a variety of eye conditions.
Laser Eye Surgery Applications
Different types of laser eye surgery can help with a number of eye conditions, including:
- Posterior capsule opacification – thickening of the lens capsule after cataract surgery
- Certain eye tumors
- And many other retinal conditions
Laser Eye Surgery for Glaucoma
Approximately 200,000 patients each year in the U.S. are diagnosed with glaucoma. This eye disease is characterized by the degeneration of the optic nerve and can result in blindness. Glaucoma is difficult to detect until the condition is rather advanced. Symptoms include slow loss of peripheral vision as the nerve responsible for sight deteriorates.
The general cause of glaucoma is increased pressure in the eyes. There are multiple treatment options for glaucoma, including the use of eye drop medications, laser procedures and surgical procedures. Eye Consultants of Silicon Valley is pleased to offer in-office Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) to help control intraocular pressures. ECSV also offers Laser peripheral iridotomy (LPI) for both the treatment and prevention of acute angle-closure glaucoma.
Removing Cataracts with Laser Eye Surgery
In the U.S. alone, close to 3 million cataract surgeries are performed every year. Laser eye surgery techniques, used in combination with traditional surgical options, have made removing cataracts a more precise procedure with excellent visual outcomes.
A cataract, located just inside the eye behind the pupil, is an age-related condition which causes clouding of the natural lens of the eye. This results in cloudy and/or distorted vision. Through an incision in the eye, the surgeon removes that clouded lens and implants a new one. The Femtosecond laser can aide the surgeon in making the most precise incisions and manipulations.
Using the Femtosecond Laster to Assist with Cataract Removal
At Eye Consultants of Silicon Valley, we can use the Femtosecond laser to assist in cataract surgery. Unlike other surgical lasers, the Femtosecond emits shorter electron pulses which result in little or no collateral tissue damage. Improving eyesight through laser surgery is a delicate operation. We use the latest technology at ECSV to augment our surgical knowledge and experience.