Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery

About Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery removes the part of the lens inside an eye that has become cloudy due to age, diabetes or trauma. An intraocular lens implant is inserted into the eye to replace the natural eye lens. Nearly 3 million people a year have cataract surgery in this country, making it the most commonly performed surgery of any kind. Typically, people see better after cataract surgery, but unless special additional options are selected, patients may need glasses to see optimally.

Advances in Cataract Surgery

CHA now offers patients premium options for their cataract surgery using a FEMTOSECOND laser for precision, and special refractive intraocular lens implants. The laser-assisted options can make patients less dependent upon glasses after surgery by correcting astigmatism and presbyopia (difficulty adjusting to focus at near to read or work on a computer).

Lens Implants

As part of cataract surgery, you will have a permanent lens implanted into your eye. Standard lens implants have been around for a long time and usually give people good vision to see far away but may still require you to wear glasses to read. Premium lens implants can allow you to see well at distance and near for many activities without reading glasses.

CHA Ophthalmologists offer a wide variety of state-of-the-art Intraocular lens implants (IOLs), including: 

  • Crystalens: A common lens choice is Crystalens®. These lenses work by moving slightly in the eye which increases the range of vision.
  • Multifocal: Multifocal lenses have rings in the lens that alternate for near and far and give simultaneous near and far vision. The options are ReSTOR® and TECNIS® Multifocal
  • Alcon Acrysof Toric: The Alcon Acrysof Toric implant is designed to reduce or eliminate astigmatism.

If you are interested in this procedure, be sure to call one of our eye centers and schedule an appointment.

Premium Option Financing

There are out-of-pocket costs for patients for premium refractive surgeries, over and above the insurance coverage for standard cataract surgery. These additional refractive surgery services are not covered by health insurance.

The CHA Eye Center offers financing through CareCredit® to help patients with the cost of Laser Vision Correction, Premium Lens Implants or other premium options. For more information, visit

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