Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery

Traditional cataract surgery is one of the most common, safe and effective surgeries performed today. The result of the surgery depends heavily on the surgeon’s skill and experience. In traditional cataract surgery, the surgeon uses a hand-held blade made of metal or diamond to create an incision where the sclera meets the cornea. The surgeon can break up the cataract and remove it, before inserting an intraocular lens (IOL).
Laser-assisted cataract surgery uses a femtosecond laser to remove cataracts accurately and precisely, replacing the use of handmade incisions. The surgeon fashions a specific surgical plan with a 3-D image of the eye called OCT (optical coherence tomography). This innovative procedure used for cataract removal has been successfully performed for the past few years. With the specifications for location, depth, and length in all planes, the femtosecond laser can perform the cataract removal with micro-level precision.
Benefits of Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery
There are many benefits to using femtosecond laser instead of conventional, manual cataract surgery. Laser-assisted cataract surgery is:

  1. Accurate- With the delicacy of eye surgery, even the smallest variation can create sharper vision. Laser-assisted cataract surgery introduces a new level of sophistication for preparing the eye for surgery and for performing the surgery itself. Computerized mapping and 3-D measurements give exact specifications for the procedure to achieve precise results. During the surgery, real-time visualization helps guide your surgeons for accurate lens placement.
  2. Bladeless- You may be hesitant about having eye surgery, and you are not alone. Laser-assisted cataract surgery is a minimally invasive procedure and offers computer-guided control when making the incisions and breaking up the cataract. This innovative technology provides efficient and effective treatment for cataracts without using a traditional blade. Lasers offer a new level of accuracy to restore ideal vision quickly.
  3. Customizable- Your eye is unique to you, and laser-assisted cataract surgery designs a plan specific to your own eye map. Computerized planning removes any guesswork from the procedure, and this delivers meticulous results. Your eye is thoroughly scanned for measurements, and the data is translated into a restorative, personalized plan that is custom-built for you. Laser-assisted cataract surgery also has individualized capabilities for treating astigmatism…….

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Source: Your Sight Matters