Although Cataract Surgery is considered to be one of the safest and most successful procedures performed in medicine, Laser Cataract Surgery uses the femtosecond laser to perform many of the steps currently done by hand.
Now available at the Rahmani Eye Institute, this innovative technique provides a greater level of precision and safety to modern Cataract Surgery. Dr. Rahmani uses the LenSx Laser®, a sustainable platform that redefines Refractive Cataract Surgery.
The decision about whether to undergo cataract surgery is an important one. Be sure to discuss your options, and any questions you may have, with Dr. Rahmani before you decide.
Traditional Cataract Surgery vs. Laser Cataract Surgery
Traditional cataract surgery is one of the most routinely performed surgeries, and is generally safe and effective when performed by a skilled surgeon.
In this type of surgery, the cataract is accessed through incisions in the cornea that are made with a handheld blade. Then a specialized surgical instrument is used to manually create a circular opening in the lens capsule that holds the cataract. The goal is to make the corneal incisions and the opening in the lens capsule as precise as possible, in the right location, and sized to fit the replacement lens.
With the Laser Cataract Surgery technique, the surgeon devises a precise surgical plan based on a sophisticated 3-D image of the eye. The goal is to create an incision at a specific location, depth and length in all planes. With the help of the 3-D image and a femtosecond laser, this becomes possible.
This precision is important not only for accuracy, but also to increase the likelihood that the incision will be self-sealing at the end of the procedure, which reduces the risk of infection. Recent results also show that Laser Cataract Surgery is up to ten times more precise than manual techniques for some portions of the cataract surgical procedure.