Refractive Laser Cataract Surgery
Refractive laser cataract surgery, also referred to as refractive laser-assisted cataract surgery (ReLACS), is an advanced method of cataract surgery. It utilizes femtosecond laser technology. Ginsberg Eye in Naples, FL is now offering laser cataract surgery for patients who qualify.
Laser-assisted cataract surgery offers more precision and accuracy than the traditional method of cataract surgery. The traditional method of cataract surgery involves a surgeon using a blade to make an incision.
What Is The LensAR Femtosecond Laser?
The LensAR femtosecond laser was specifically designed with cataract surgery in mind. Laser-assisted cataract surgery delivers amazing visual outcomes with reduced risks.
The LensAR Laser System uses a method called Augmented Reality. This creates a full picture of the patient’s eye and provides surgeons with all the information necessary for laser-assisted cataract surgery.
By using Augmented Reality technology, laser pulses are precisely placed, every time. This results in superior precision and the best possible outcomes for patients undergoing laser-assisted cataract surgery.
The 3-D imaging technology in combination with laser applications makes more precise incisions. This technology has made cataract surgery more unique and customized to a patient’s individual anatomy.
What Are The Benefits of Refractive Laser Cataract Surgery vs. Traditional Cataract Surgery?
Refractive laser cataract surgery offers better quality results in comparison to standard surgical options for cataract treatment.
Some advantages of laser cataract surgery performed with our LensAR femtosecond laser include:
● Having the chance to achieve the best vision possible. Laser cataract surgery offers more accuracy and precision creating incisions.
● Astigmatism can be greatly reduced or eliminated.
● Operating time has been proven to be much shorter.
● A greater post-op experience with your new vision. Refractive laser cataract surgery places the new lens more precisely and accurately.
Refractive laser cataract surgery can also correct astigmatism in most patients. Astigmatism occurs when the cornea is shaped like a football and not a soccer ball. This results in blurred and distorted vision.
What Can I Expect During Laser Cataract Surgery?
During laser cataract surgery, a camera/ultrasound device is placed over your eye. This allows it to map the surface of your eye and gather information about your lens.
After gathering this information, the device sends the results to a computer. The computer programs the LensAR femtosecond laser. It also tells the laser the precise location, depth, and size that’s necessary for creating the incisions.
The surgeon then uses the LensAR laser to make the corneal incision and the capsule opening. Depending on the thickness of the cataract, energy from the laser may also be used to soften the cataract.
An ultrasound probe will then break the lens into small pieces and suction them out through the incision. The surgeon then places the intraocular lens where the natural lens once was. Stitches are not necessary.
Am I a Good Candidate For Laser Cataract Surgery?
If you’ve experienced clouded vision caused by cataracts or have other symptoms because of cataracts, you may be a good candidate for laser cataract surgery.
If the following symptoms are negatively impacting your life, consult with your doctor to see if you are a candidate for laser cataract surgery:
● Clouded or dim vision
● Difficulty seeing at night
● Needing brighter light to read or see up close
● Seeing a “halo” around lights
● Colors seem faded or look yellow