Laser Cataract Patient Education
Laser Cataract Surgery vs. Traditional
In similar fashion to LASIK, femtosecond laser technology is bringing new levels of safety, accuracy, and predictability to cataract surgery.
It is exciting to offer the level of precision and care to refractive cataract patients that LASIK patients have benefitted from for years.
While traditional cataract surgery is one of the most routinely performed surgeries and has a generally safe and effective outcome when performed by a skilled surgeon, it still requires the use of a hand-held blade to make multiplanar incisions in the cornea.
In traditional cataract surgery, incisions in the cornea are made using handheld blades to access the cataract. Your surgeon will then use a surgical instrument to manually create an opening in the lens capsule that holds the cataract. The goal of these surgical steps is to make the corneal incisions precise and the opening in the lens capsule as circular as possible in the right location, and sized to fit the replacement lens.
Femtosecond laser technology is bringing new levels of safety, accuracy, and predictability to cataract surgery.
Your surgeon will use the laser 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 the laser than what is achieved by hand.
Your surgeon can also use the laser to break up and soften the hard cataract, enabling it to be removed more gently and with significantly less ultrasound energy than is used in traditional manual cataract surgery. Using less ultrasound energy may allow quicker visual recovery.
Using less ultrasound energy may allow quicker visual recovery.
Depending on your pre-operative vision and desired visual result, your doctor may recommend a tailored treatment plan that could include creating ultra-precise laser incisions in the cornea and a specific lens implant type. This tailored treatment may reduce your need for glasses or contact lenses after surgery.