Do I Need LASIK or Cataract Surgery?

In the realm of vision correction, LASIK and cataract surgery are two of the most sought-after procedures available. Both can dramatically improve your quality of life – especially in the hands of experienced eye care professionals. With this in mind, these surgeries serve different purposes and are suited for different conditions. Below, our eye doctors have drawn comparisons between cataract surgery and LASIK to help you determine which may be right for you.

Firstly, LASIK surgery generally aims to correct refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. The procedure employs a specialized laser to reshape the cornea, encouraging light to properly focus on the retina.* As such, ideal LASIK candidates usually include patients over 18 with stable vision who do not have accompanying ocular concerns (e.g. glaucoma or cataracts).

On the other hand, cataract surgery can be necessary when the eye’s natural lens becomes clouded (frequently due to aging). During cataract surgery, the cloudy lens is replaced with a clear artificial lens, which is known as an “intraocular lens” (or “IOL”). Traditional cataract surgery involves the use of a scalpel to place incisions; meanwhile, SMART cataract surgery – which we proudly offer at New Eyes – uses a laser for optimal precision. 

To conclude, determining whether you need LASIK or cataract surgery depends on the specific vision issues you’re facing. At New Eyes Las Vegas, our team is dedicated to helping you understand your options and choose the best solution for your needs. To take the first step toward clearer vision, contact us today!

Medical References*

U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)