What Is Laser Cataract Surgery?
A cataract occurs when the eye’s natural lens becomes cloudy over time. In traditional cataract surgery, cataract surgeons use a small blade to enter the front of the eye and another instrument to make a circular incision on the lens capsule to reach the cataract. Ultrasound waves break the cataract into tiny pieces, which are then removed. The new artificial lens is inserted to replace the cloudy natural lens.
In laser cataract surgery, a laser is used to make the incision and lens opening and to fragment the lens. The laser provides a more reliable, repeatable and precise method of cataract removal then any surgeon can do by hand.
Improved Vision Outcome
Femto Laser-assisted Cataract Surgery (FLACS) can be very beneficial for patient with very dense cataracts, astigmatism, or using premium IOLs.
The laser can help to break up the lens and use less ultrasound energy in the eye. With less energy, it reduces the risk of corneal swelling, which can impact vision.
Mild astigmatism can be treated with the laser to help reduce the dependence in glasses after cataract surgery.
Should You Consider Laser Cataract Surgery?
While laser cataract surgery has its advantages, it is not an option for everyone. Because the use of the laser and the premium lenses are not covered by insurance, people will incur more out-of-pocket expenses than with traditional cataract surgery.
For more information, ask Dr. Scott or Dr. Jess at your next appointment.
Reference: Duke Eye Center