Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery
Cataracts cause severe loss of vision and can greatly impact quality of life. However, advancements in bladeless cataract surgery make cataract removal more precise and accurate. The Sibia Eye Institute offers the state of the art LenSx® femtosecond laser for cataract surgery.
The LenSx® femtosecond laser allows for more precision and reproducibility when certain critical and challenging steps are performed during cataract removal allowing for improved surgical outcomes.
What is Bladeless Cataract Surgery?
The LenSx® femtosecond laser uses a beam of laser light to make the necessary incisions during cataract surgery. The cataract surgeon controls the advanced computer-guidance system and directs the laser beam over the eye to give each patient the most accurate and precise results for their condition.
This successful combination of a surgeon’s skills and state-of-the-art laser cataract surgery technology gives patients extraordinary results. Since the laser softens the cataract, ultrasound energy will be reduced, which reduces the chances of thermal injuries to the inner eye.
Benefits of Laser Surgery
Femtosecond laser technology provides new levels of accuracy, safety, and predictability to cataract surgery. Clinical studies have shown that the laser is 10 times more accurate than when the procedure is performed by hand.
The laser also allows the surgeon to remove a hard cataract more gently and with less energy and heat than is generally used in traditional cataract surgery. This allows for faster visual recovery.
What Happens During the Procedure?
When a surgeon performs laser cataract surgery, he uses the laser to assist in the following steps of the procedure:
- Corneal incision to provide access to the lens
- Anterior capsule removal
- Cataract and lens fragmentation
- If needed, peripheral corneal incisions to reduce astigmatism
Using a laser can improve the accuracy, precision, and reproducibility of each step, and therefore potentially reduce risks as well as improve the visual outcome of the procedure.
To learn more about cataract causes and treatment, visit our cataract information page or call us today.