LASIK VS CATARACT SURGERY: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals, Offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin
Confused about the difference between LASIK and cataract surgery? You are not alone. This will be the topic of my “Morning Blend” TV appearance Monday, April 22nd and then later can be viewed on the WTMJ website for a week.
The purpose of LASIK is to allow you to see well without glasses or contact lenses. Generally we improve your distance vision.
With cataract surgery we remove your cloudy lens inside the eye and replace it with a clear plastic implant. If you have cataracts, LASIK is not an option for you because even if you eliminated glasses your vision would still be blurred due to the cloudy cataract.
LASIK is done at an outpatient laser center using two lasers to first make a small flap and then change the shape of the front of the eye. Cataract surgery takes place in an operating room and involves using a tiny probe to remove the cloudy lens located behind the pupil before replacing it with a clear implant.
How can you tell if LASIK is an option for you or if you have significant cataracts? The only way to tell for sure is to come in for a free LASIK screening if you are interested in that procedure. The symptoms of cataracts include blurred distance vision, especially at night, along with seeing halos around light. That would be diagnosed with a complete eye examination.
Either way, you should call us for a thorough eye examination to explore these possibilities and more. Our web site may also be helpful to further differentiate these two common eye procedures
Dr. Martha Jay is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist practicing at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with Dr. Mark German and Dr. Josephine-Liezl Cueto. She received her ophthalmology training at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago and founded Lakeshore Eye Care in 1992.