Femtosecond Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery
Traditionally, cataract surgery is performed by using blades to cut into the eye. The surgeon then uses micro-instruments to remove the cataract and implant the intra-ocular lens.
With the advent of Femtosecond laser assisted surgery, the Femtosecond laser is used to facilitate and replace key steps of cataract surgery that were previously performed by the surgeon. These steps are: the creation of the self-sealing incision, the anterior capsulotomy, the fragmentation of the cataract, and the creation of limbal relaxing incisions to correct for moderate amounts of astigmatism. Each of these steps is crucial to ensuring an optimal visual outcome. The accuracy of cataract surgery is enhanced with the femtosecond laser. This helps patients achieve their best possible visual vision and lessens their dependence on spectacles after surgery.
The Femtosecond laser assisted portion of the cataract surgery is not covered by health insurances – it is an out-of-pocket expense. For patients who elect traditional cataract surgery, they can rest assured that it is also very successful and effective.