For years cataract surgery has been performed using a scalpel to enter the eye and a process called phacoemulsification to break up the cataract. Now, a laser is used to make a much smaller incisions into the eye as well as break up the cataract for removal. This means less time is needed for the surgeon and, less discomfort and faster recovery time for the patient. Prior to the implementation of the laser, this opening was made by hand. The opening was not always precise and could vary in size and location (not always centered). If you have elected to proceed with cataract surgery, below please find some more information that will help you with your decision.
The LenSx laser uses a range of highly advanced technologies to capture precise images and measurements and uses the data to perform the critical procedures in cataract surgery with precision and accuracy. This precision has made the lens placement and post-operative outcomes more predictable, greatly enhancing the benefits of lens implants.
Most people do not feel any pain at all during the bladeless cataract procedure. The procedure takes usually ten to thirty minutes.
Every human eye is a little different in terms of size, depth, and curvature of the cornea and other key features. Therefore, the LenSx laser incorporates a variety of highly advanced technologies to obtain precise measurements and images to perform the most critical and delicate procedures in cataract surgery. For example, The laser is also capable of making additional incisions that relax the cornea to adjust for astigmatism.
Prior to surgery a series of diagnostic tests will be performed on your eye so that your eyecare provider can determine the power and type of implant (IOL - Intraocular lens) needed for you. Every eye is different and so there is no “one size fits all”. This will be done several days or even weeks in advance of your surgery. Also, during your surgical procedure the refraction of your eye is measured using the Optiwave refractive analysis (ORA) system to confirm your IOL prescription.
There are different intra-ocular lens implants (IOL’s) available to help you reach your post- operative visual goal. These lens options are considered either “Standard / Conventional” or “Premium”. Your insurance company will fully cover “Standard / Conventional” IOL’s. “Premium” IOL’s will require an additional out-of-pocket expense.
- Monofocal IOL:Presently, Monofocal IOL’s are the most commonly used lenses. These lenses provide patients with one focal point. Most commonly these lenses correct only for distance vision, unless the patient has a pre-existing astigmatism. Patients who have had Monofocal IOL’s usually require reading glasses.
benefits those people who have astigmatism.- Multifocal IOL: for those who want to be free from glasses.
- Accommodating IOL:for patients who want some range of vision but do not mind wearing reading glasses for small print.
Your eye care provider will discuss with you the IOL that will best meet your goals.