Laser Cataract Surgery in Boca Raton
A New Revolutionary Approach to Cataract Surgery
The latest technology in the world of eye surgery is “laser guided cataract surgery.” Although we use many different lasers to treat various eye conditions and diseases, lasers have not been used in cataract surgery until recently. These sophisticated femtosecond lasers represent a revolutionary advance that is now being adopted by leading eye centers throughout the United States.
What Is Laser Cataract Surgery?
Laser guided cataract surgery is performed with a femtosecond laser, enabling parts of the surgery to be performed with incredible precision. Specifically, the laser system takes the incisions needed to perform cataract surgery out of the surgeon’s hands.
What Are The Advantages Over Traditional Cataract Surgery?
Perfect Incisions –
For years, the companies that have been developing these highly sophisticated systems have emphasized the incredible precision that can be achieved using the femtosecond lasers. The incisions made are perfect in design, providing an absolute seal. This enhances safety both during and after surgery.
Perfect Capsulotomy –
The laser also performs the capsulotomy, or the opening into the surface of the cataract. It is through this opening that the cataract is removed. Experts have been lecturing about how a perfectly centered and perfectly round capsulotomy will provide for better outcomes. This has to do with the final position of the intraocular lens after cataract surgery.
The fact that the laser system can perform this in less than two seconds eliminates any possible mishaps that might occur if the patient were to move during the procedure. This is a very real advantage. Although we can perform these openings very nicely in most cases, they are never perfectly round nor are they ever perfectly centered…and yes, sometimes patients move, cough or even sneeze during surgery.
Softens the Cataract – The femtosecond laser is able to soften the cataract, which helps to protect the cornea. It does this by basically dividing the lens into numerous very small squares before ever entering the eye with instruments. This may be the most significant advantage the laser system offers.
The Bells And Whistles
The femtosecond laser system allows us to customize the surgery for each patient. This is done by making a 3D study of the front part of the eye prior to the laser system being used. This means that 1) the incisions can be tailored for each patient’s surgery, 2) the lens fragmentation is programmed based on how hard the patient’s lens and 3) existing astigmatism can be treated precisely.
Safety and Rapid Healing –
The laser system allows us to do cataract surgery now with significantly reduced phaco energy. Because of the pre-softening of a very dense cataract, we can achieve much clearer corneas on the very first postoperative day. This means the patient has much sharper vision immediately following surgery. It also means that there is less corneal edema, allowing the cornea to be better preserved and protected.
Protecting the cornea is of paramount importance. Dr. Charles Kelman, the inventor of phacoemulsification was always concerned about the impact of phaco energy on the delicate corneal cells. Laser cataract surgery addresses this very point and takes phacoemulsification into a new era in which we are now able to provide safer and more rapid recovery of sight to each patient.
Why Choose The Catalys Laser Over Other Femtosecond Laser Systems?
After much careful research on each femtosecond system available, we chose the CATALYS from Optimedica/AMO. Unlike other femtosecond lasers on the market, the Catalys was designed specifically for this type of surgery. Although this system is more expensive than others on the market, it is clearly the leader in the field at this time.