Lasers aren’t used in cataract surgery? This is one aspect that often surprises people when learning about cataract surgeries. Lasers are used in all types of surgeries these days so it’s natural to think it’s also being used in cataract surgery. However, while lasers are used in Lasik and vision-correcting surgery, routine cataract surgery is done through traditional methods – manual cuts and ultrasound to break up the cataract for removal.
There is one type of cataract surgery that does use lasers – LenSx Laser Cataract Surgery. LenSx surgery is an advanced cataract surgery that can provide a higher degree of correction for a couple of issues not treated through traditional cataract surgery.
- The lens to be operated on is precisely measured by a computer scan that will then proceed with the cutting. This added precision results in additional accuracy and reproducibility which in turn reduces certain risks and can improve outcomes from laser cataract surgery.
- The increased accuracy of the incision will most likely be completely self-sealing which reduces infection risk.
- Laser cataract surgery can be used to correct astigmatism. Small incisions are done in planned areas around the eye that will heal to help flatten areas that are not perfectly round (these areas with a higher curve is what causes astigmatism). Normally done manually, with laser cataract surgery, the initial scan of the eye helps plan where these incisions will be made. Then the cuts are done in a very precise location, length, and depth. The precision of these laser cuts is what intensifies accuracy and increases the astigmatism reduction and chances of improved vision post-surgery.
SightTrust Eye Institute is the first center in Fort Lauderdale & Palm Beach and among the first 50 centers in the United States to offer the LenSx all-laser cataract system. The most important aspect to remember, whether going for traditional cataract surgery or laser cataract surgery, is the experience and knowledge of your chosen cataract surgeon.
Residents of Palm Beach and Broward counties, including the communities of Boca Raton, Davie, Miami, Plantation, and Weston, can be assured that Dr. Shatz of SiteTrust Eye Institute has performed over 20,000 cataract surgeries including many laser cataract surgeries. We invite you to come for an exam from Dr. Shatz to see what the best option is to restore your vision. Dr. Shatz will be able to tell if you are a candidate for laser cataract surgery.