When undergoing any type of surgery, patients want the newest, most precise technology for the best possible results. That is exactly why we use lasers in cataract laser surgery. They provide more precise results than manual techniques for the best possible outcomes. With laser cataract surgery, you can feel confident in knowing that you are receiving one of the most updated techniques in the field.
Cataract laser surgery, also called refractive laser-assisted cataract surgery, is a form of cataract surgery that uses femtosecond laser technology. Using lasers, incisions are more precise than traditional techniques, leading to fewer complications in the long run.
There are three steps within cataract surgery where laser technology can offer a superior technique to hand-held tools. These include the following:
· The Corneal Incision: During cataract surgery, an incision is created in the cornea in order to remove the clouded lens. During conventional surgery, this involves the use of a small, handheld blade. In laser cataract surgery, advanced laser technology is used for this step. With a laser, the chances of human error are greatly reduced, and the risk of infection is minimized.
· The Capsulotomy: During a capsulotomy, the section of the thin, clear capsule that holds the cataract is removed. An artificial lens implant (IOL) is then placed to replace the cloudy natural lens. During conventional cataract surgery, removing the clear capsule is done using small needles. However, with cataract laser surgery, this step uses laser technology to access the cataract much more accurately.
· Fragmentation of the Lens and Cataract: In order to remove a cloudy lens, it must be fragmented, or broken apart. This is traditionally done using an ultrasonic device. However, during laser surgery, a laser is used to fragment and melt the lens, reducing the amount of energy used and the risk of burning and complications caused by phacoemulsifications.
Correcting Astigmatism During Cataract Surgery
For patients who are undergoing cataract surgery, many surgeons will correct astigmatism during the process. This is traditionally done by making manual incisions into the cornea in order to change its shape. However, laser technology can be used to create these incisions with much greater accuracy and safety for better results.
Most patients with cataracts are good candidates for laser cataract surgery. However, an exam by one of our eye care physicians is needed to discuss your options for treatment. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation!
If you would like to learn more about how cataract laser surgery can benefit your vision, contact Eye Care Physicians of New Jersey Today! We will be happy to help you schedule your consultation appointment, which is the first step toward treatment.