Island Eye Surgicenter is proud to be at the forefront of advancements in cataract surgery. In 2011 we because the first surgical center on the East Coast (and the fourth center in the entire country) to incorporate the use of the femtosecond laser for cataract surgery. In this blog post, our team shares why we are staunchly committed to offering laser cataract surgery to our patients.
In standard cataract surgery, the surgeon uses handheld blades and other instruments to create the initial incision as well as break up and remove the cataractous lens. Because our surgeons are remarkably talented and experienced, this is not a highly risky endeavor; however, even in a textbook-perfect procedure, there is always room for human error.
Laser cataract surgery eliminates the risks associated with using handheld instruments Instead of traditional instruments, laser cataract surgery uses a computer-guided laser to perform key steps of the cataract removal process. The laser makes self-sealing incisions on the surface of the cornea, opens up the front of the natural lens capsule to access the cloudy lens, and softens the lens. Using a laser for these critical steps makes a safe process even safer.
Improved Efficiency and Precision
The inclusion of the computer-guided laser is not only safer but also more efficient and precise. Prior to treatment, the laser will scan the patient’s eye, noting its unique size and shape, and create a precise, three-dimensional map of the eye’s structure. This information enables the eye surgeon to personalize the procedure to the patient’s specifications, thereby improving the efficiency and precision of treatment.
Using a laser to make the corneal incisions and open up the lens capsule sets the stage for accurate positioning of the intraocular replacement lens. A correctly positioned replacement lens is critical to achieving the desired visual outcome.
The use of a laser in cataract surgery also shortens recovery times, so our patients can get back to their regular routines more quickly and with clearer vision.
Last year, we upgraded to the Catalys laser, which offers an even greater degree of precision and efficiency. Our investment in this industry-leading technology reflects our unwavering commitment to the health, safety and visual outcomes of our patients.
If you would like more information about why the Island Eye Surgicenter team prefers laser cataract surgery to traditional treatment, please contact our practice. Call (516) 877-2400 or (516) 877-1560 today.