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The ORA System

If you have cataracts, you’re not alone. Cataracts are something that almost everyone will end up having. At least 50 percent of Americans have cataracts by the age of 80. With a new technology called ORA, cataract surgery is more effective than ever before. ORA is a method that makes cataract surgery a more precise procedure. ORA is a newer approach, and Landa & Landa Eye Care Specialists is the only practice in Savannah and South Georgia to offer it!

What is the ORA system?

ORA (Optiwave Refractive Analysis) technology is a device used during cataract surgery. By using ORA technology, surgeons can take measurements of a patient’s eye while performing cataract surgery. These measurements provide information that helps the surgeon perform the surgery. This is not possible with standard instruments. ORA is one of the biggest developments in cataract care in the last two decades. The ORA System helps surgeons perform custom refractive cataract surgery on patients.

How does the ORA system work?

During cataract surgery, your doctor replaces your natural lens with an IOL. ORA attaches to the surgical microscope and measures the refractive power of the eye. This is all done before the IOL is put in, making fast calculations that help the surgeon place the IOL. The ORA System uses intraoperative wavefront aberrometry to take its measurements.

Aberrometry measures how a wavefront of light passes through the cornea and lens. These are the light focusing components that make up the eye.  Besides helping place IOLs, ORA can help with placing Limbal Relaxing Incisions and toric lenses.

What are the benefits of using the ORA system?

ORA saves time for patients and surgeons because it provides real-time updates during surgery. This helps the doctor correct the patient’s vision as accurately as possible. Surgeons can use ORA to make real-time adjustments during surgery.

For patients, ORA provides a higher quality of vision because of ORA’s level of precision. ORA technology can do much more than just measure outcomes of cataract surgery! It can also aid surgeons in correcting astigmatism and confirming lens implant calculations. The ORA System has benefits that go beyond cataract surgery as well. ORA has been clinically proven to improve results for patients with astigmatism and prior LASIK surgery.

Is the ORA system safe?

Cataract surgery is a low-risk procedure, and it’s also incredibly common. Cataract surgery using ORA is just as safe as cataract surgery and far more precise. ORA is also non-invasive. Like normal cataract surgery, your eyes are completely numbed using eye drops. The ORA System also never touches your eyes.

Am I qualified for the ORA system?

Your surgeon at Landa & Landa Eye Care Specialists will talk with you about whether ORA is the best option. In most cases, the answer is yes. If you are eligible for cataract surgery, you are also eligible for ORA. The ORA System is especially beneficial for patients:

• Who have had previous refractive surgeries
• Experience extreme nearsightedness or farsightedness
• Have severe astigmatism

These conditions can make it more difficult to calculate the custom IOL. With the ORA System, it becomes much easier to calculate this information.

Does ORA cost more?

The ORA System is slightly more expensive than traditional cataract surgery. Although it’s more expensive, the benefits far outweigh the extra cost. ORA is more precise, so your doctor won’t need to make as many visual corrections after cataract surgery. Choosing Landa & Landa Eye Care Specialists for cataract surgery means you benefit from the only practice in Savannah and South Georgia that offers the ORA System.

Wondering if cataract surgery with the ORA System could be right for you? Schedule a cataract screening at Landa & Landa Eye Care Specialists today!