For millions of Americans, cataracts are an inevitable part of aging.
"As we get older, the lens that covers our eye starts to harden and get cloudy, impairing our vision," said Dr. Roberto Beraja, an ophthalmologist and director of the Beraja Medical Institute in Miami.
Beraja became the first doctor in South Florida to work with a new bladeless procedure to remove cataracts using the LensX laser.
"This is the best thing we've had in cataract surgery in many, many years," said Beraja
Beraja said the LensX device can be customized to each patient and provides more precise results.
"When doing this manually, the results tend to be not as good as with the laser because as good as a surgeon can be, with many years' experience, this machine always produces the same results," he said.
That means fewer complications and faster recovery for patients.
"In the surgery, the eye is docked. There is no movement, and the incision will always be in the same three planes on the eye, so when you're done, the lens seals itself," he said.
Beraja said the eye heals better with the laser procedure, which has a big impact on vision.
"It allows patients to see faster. It makes the prescription that they end up with more accurate in the long run, so it's better patient care," he said.
The cost of the procedure depends on the type of lens patients chose to have implanted but can range anywhere from $1,200 to $5,000 per eye, which is not covered by insurance.