Refractive

Laser

Cataract

Surgery

A New Cataract Surgery


New  & Laser Accurate Cataract Surgery.

The continuous improvement of cataract surgery has lead to the use of lasers for increased accuracy of ocular incisions.

Cataract surgery requires an incision into the eyeball which was traditionally done by a human guiding a blade. With the advent of lasers, incisions into the eyeball are now very precise and increases the chance of self-healing post-surgery. More accurate than the manual approach, refractive laser-assisted cataract surgery is still being improved upon which is leading to even better accuracy.

With laser imagery, surgeons have the ability to create 3D images of the sections of the eye receiving surgery. These laser systems generate a 3D model which allows for extreme analyzing of the shape and condition of the eye.

Available Laser Cataract Surgeries in the United States.

Here is a list of surgical systems that are approved by the FDA or under development for laser cataract surgery

  • LensxLenSx. The LenSx® is the first femtosecond laser designed for cataract surgery approved by the FDA. It allows the surgeon to perform extremely accurate incisions in the anterior capsulotomy, corneal incisions and lens fragmentation. Alcom is the developer of the LenSx and intends to make continued improvements to these systems. The LenSx femtosecond laser system has laser data entry at left, a joy stick control and an OCT screen at right, which offers the surgeon all-important guidance during laser-assisted cataract procedures.

  • lensarLensAR. The LensAR Laser System developed by, LensAR, Inc. received FDA approval for corneal incisions, anterior capsulotomy and lens fragmentation during 2012. Proprietary technology for 3D-imaging measurement and beam guided delivery generates a personalized surgical treatment plan. The system scans at varying rates for optimal contrast and to capture all ocular structures located within the anterior segment. Enhanced depth of field allows an in-focus ocular image from the anterior cornea to the posterior lens capsule.

  • catalysCatalys. The Catalys Precision Laser System developed by OptiMedica has also been FDA approved. The Catalys systems use an advanced liquid optic interface and integral guidance technology for cataract surgery. This procedure offers reduced intraocular pressure and less eye redness after surgery.

  • ifslaserFS. The iFS Femtosecond Laser by Abbott Medical Optics received FDA approval for its lasers cataract surgery system. The iFS is capable of creating a corneal flap in less than 10 seconds during LASIK surgery. The device has already been used for several years and offers a high repetition rate. iFS allows for precise incisions with the ability to create single or paired arc-shaped incisions with smooth edges.

  • lenxVictus. The Victus Femtosecond Laser Platform by Bausch & Lomb received FDA approval in August 2012. The first femtosecond laser capable of supporting cataract and corneal procedures on a single platform.  The Victus received CE approval in Europe in November of 2011 and has been used in more than 2,000 cataract or refractive procedures around the world.

  • femto-ldv-z2Femto LDV. Ziemer Group has 3 femtosecond laser systems that have received FDA approval for certain eye surgeries. Ziemer Group has a focus on corneal (refractive) and cataract surgery with clearance to perform tunnel creation for the implantation of intra-corneal rings, and pocket creation for the implantation of corneal implants. Femto LDV is a modular femtosecond system that is designed to grow with your practice.

Understanding Laser Eye Surgery

Conclusion

Femtosecond Laser Cataract surgery has proven to be effective and will eventually replace the manual approach for Cataract Surgery. Traditional surgery is less expensive and has proven to be successful through the thousands of Lasik procedures already performed. Traditional cataract surgery is still effective and has a longer history than the new femtosecond laser technologies. Traditional cataract surgery is less expensive than laser technologies and offers a long track record of success. The laser approach to cataract surgery has the obvious benefit of being much more accurate. The laser systems generate 3D images of the eye which allow detailed inspection of the layers of the eye to receive incision prior to surgery. Higher accuracy leads to better and faster healing with less dependence on glasses post surgery. Manual incisions tend to have jagged edges and inaccuracy which can make self-healing more difficult. Before considering laser ocular surgery you should do extensive research and consult with your doctor to confirm it’s the best approach for you.