Laser Cataract Surgery

John-Kenyon Cataract Center is proud to be the first in the Louisville and Southern Indiana region to offer patients the new standard in precision cataract surgery with the CATALYS® Precision Laser System – the world’s most sophisticated laser cataract surgery system. Using CATALYS®, our experienced team of surgeons can provide a gentle, highly customized cataract procedure with precision not achievable with traditional manual techniques. This new procedure, in conjunction with our Lifestyle Lenses, allows patients to experience improved vision with a highly customized, more accurate, and gentler treatment.

“We’ve done extensive research into the CATALYS® Precision Laser System and are thrilled that we will now be offering femtosecond laser cataract surgery to our patients,” said Dr. Asim Piracha, medical director at John-Kenyon. “The technology used in this laser allows for precision that is unequaled in the industry and is a great compliment to the surgical skill of our doctors. We look forward to providing our cataract patients with a low-energy surgical option that will boost refractive outcomes.”

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Every eye has a unique size and shape. CATALYS®’ advanced 3D imaging technology builds a 3D map of each eye and tailors the treatment to that map. This enables John-Kenyon’s surgeons to create a customized treatment plan that matches the uniqueness of each eye.

Our surgeons use CATALYS® to create a circular opening for accessing and removing the cataract. Clinical studies have shown that this opening is approximately 10 times more accurate when performed with CATALYS® than what is achievable by hand.1,2 CATALYS® then softens and breaks up the hard cataract into tiny pieces, allowing for gentler, easier cataract removal.3 Once the cataract is removed, an intraocular lens is inserted through the same tiny incision and set into position. This replacement lens (IOL) may decrease the need for glasses or bifocals.

The video below explains the Laser Cataract Surgery process and outlines the differences between Laser Cataract Surgery and Traditional Cataract Surgery. Please view the video and call us to learn more about this revolutionary way to improve your vision!

  • Who is at risk for cataracts?

    Cataracts can occur at any age, but are much more common after the age of 55.  About half of the population has a cataract by age 65, and nearly everyone over 75 has them. In rare cases, infants can have congenital cataracts.

  • What causes cataracts?

    Eye injury, medications, and eye diseases can cause cataracts, or they may be congenital.  Although the majority occur as a part of the aging process, other medical factors like diabetes, glaucoma, smoking, and excessive sun exposure can increase the risk of cataract formation.

  • Does insurance cover cataract surgery?

    Medicare and most health insurance plans will cover cataract surgery and monofocal intraocular lenses, but not the cost of premium intraocular lenses.

  • Is there an additional cost for lifestyle lenses?

    Yes.  If you have vision loss due to cataracts, traditional cataract surgery may be covered by Medicare or private insurance. However, the cost of the vision correction technology is considered elective and not covered by Medicare and private insurance.

  • What if I've already had LASIK?

    Even if you have had another eye surgery, like LASIK, you may still be a good candidate for cataract surgery.  Your doctor will take previous procedures into consideration when discussing treatment options with you at your comprehensive evaluation.

  • Will I still need glasses after cataract surgery?

    The implantation of lifestyle lenses can provide options to reduce or eliminate your dependence on glasses or contact lenses. Some patients may still need glasses for night driving, reading in low-light, or reading fine print.

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Stephanie K., LASIK

Stephanie’s dry eyes led her to take the plunge and get LASIK at John-Kenyon!

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Catie K., LASIK

The morning after having LASIK at John-Kenyon, Catie told Dr. Piracha she should have had the procedure a long time ago. Not even 24 hours later, she was pointing out all the street signs on the way to her follow up appointment.

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Greg W., LASIK

Greg woke up seeing the alarm clock for the first time in 15 years after LASIK at John-Kenyon.