The FEMTOSECOND LASER technology that brought additional safety and precision to LASIK surgery is also advancing cataract surgery in the Phoenix valley at Arizona Eye Specialists.
In laser-assisted cataract surgery, an advanced femtosecond laser can replace or assist with the use of a hand-held surgical tool for the following steps:
- The Corneal Incision
- The Anterior Capsulotomy
- Lens and Cataract Fragmentation
Your surgeon may choose to utilize the laser for some or each of these steps. Once the above steps are performed, the cataract is removed using the usual method of ultrasound waves called phacoemulsification and your pre-chosen replacement intraocular lens (IOL) is inserted.
The femtosecond laser brings a new level of precision to portions of cataract surgery and has the potential to increase the already high safety profile of cataract surgery. The laser can also be used to treat astigmatism, which allows for more patients to correct their presbyopia (A common type of vision disorder that occurs as you age, resulting in the inability to focus up close, requiring reading glasses.). Presbyopia-correcting lenses (e.g. multifocal IOLs), provide long-lasting clear vision at all distances but require astigmatism to be well treated.
To decide if Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery is the best choice for you, ask your cataract surgeon for more information about this exciting technology.