Treating Your Cataracts: the Difference Between Manual Surgery and UltraView ReLACS™

Treating Your Cataracts: the Difference Between Manual Surgery and UltraView ReLACS™

Senior woman's eye, closeup cataract.

Although cataracts can be a normal part of the aging process, they still interfere with your vision. You may have trouble seeing even while wearing glasses or contacts, your night vision can worsen, and you may become unusually sensitive to light. Over time, you can feel like you’re losing your independence.

Fortunately, cataracts can be treated, with the primary options being manual or laser-assisted surgery. Both types are safe, comfortable, and effective outpatient procedures that remove your cloudy natural lens and replace it with a prescription intraocular lens implant (IOL) designed  to restore clarity to your vision. In this blog, we’ll review how each one is carried out and how you determine which one is right for you.

Manual Cataract Surgery

With manual cataract surgery, your doctor uses a handheld blade to make tiny incisions on the edge of your cornea before opening the capsule containing the cataract. This cloudy lens is broken apart using ultrasound energy and gently suctioned out before being replaced by the IOL. The small incision seals itself naturally and undergoes a rapid and comfortable healing.

UltraView ReLACS™

UltraView ReLACS™ is an innovative surgical technology that uses a computer-directed femtosecond laser to carry out key steps, making the procedure essentially blade-free. This laser is guided by high-definition 3D images of your eye, so the surgery addresses your unique vision challenges.

During the procedure, the laser creates incisions in pre-programmed locations, which ensures greater accuracy. After creating the opening in the capsule, it softens the cataract, reducing and, in some cases, eliminating the amount of ultrasound energy used in the eye. The capsulotomy (opening in the capsule that surrounds the cataract) is perfectly round, enabling ideal placement of the IOL, and all incisions are designed to self-seal, reducing the risk of infection.

Other advantages of UltraView ReLACS™ include:

  • Precision: Key steps are performed with a computer-driven, imaging-guided femtosecond laser, enabling unprecedented precision and accuracy.
  • Astigmatism correction: The laser can be used to make customized incisions that reshape your cornea.
  • Premium lens placement: Certain premium lenses, such as multifocal and toric IOLs, require greater precision during placement. UltraView ReLACS™ provides the guidance needed for optimal placement.

Which Cataract Surgery is Better for You?

Every patient’s case is unique. Your eye doctor will make an appropriate recommendation after assessing your cataracts, going over your treatment history, and weighing any other factors that may have an impact on your choice of procedure.

Do You Have Questions About Cataract Surgery?

Although common, cataracts can have a significant impact on your quality of life. At Uptown Eye Specialists, we treat many of our cataract patients with UltraView ReLACS™ because it provides unprecedented vision correction results. However, when manual cataract surgery is the best option for your case, our experienced surgeons will deliver a safe and comfortable experience. 

To learn more about how cataract surgery can make a difference in the way you see the world, please visit our website or call (416) 292-0330.

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