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Femtosecond Laser Used For Cataract Surgery

September 2, 2016

A new study suggests that femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery could be beneficial for challenging cataract cases. The study showed that patients with shallow anterior chambers had less anterior chamber inflammation and less corneal edema the day after surgery when treated with the femtosecond laser. Those results were in comparison with patients treated with manual phacoemulsification in the randomized clinical trial.

For many patients, it’s essential that they have a quick recovery time, and all eye doctors want their patients to be as happy and comfortable as possible the day after surgery. And it appears that the femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery does just that, especially in more difficult cases.

Shail Vasavada, DO, from the Raghudeep Eye Hospital in Ahmedabad, India, explains that, “Shallow anterior chambers are known to pose surgical difficulties, including longer surgery time and longer postoperative recovery.”

Cataract surgery involves delicately cutting the outer layers of the eye and removing the lens, then replacing it with a new, synthetic intraocular lens (IOL). While it is one of the most common surgeries in the country, there are chances of complications or longer recovery times. So the study looked at whether femtosecond laser-assisted surgery could reduce those complications and lead to a shorter recovery.

After looking at the results of the study, Dr. Vasavada’s conclusion was that, “Femtosecond laser­-assisted cataract surgery definitely leads to less anterior segment inflammation and less corneal injury during surgery.”

The laser makes life easier for both the surgeon and the patient. When the femtosecond laser was first introduced, it was controversial—mainly due to the high cost of the laser. But as evidence like this study has continued to build and surgeons using the laser speak out, the case for using the femtosecond laser has grown stronger.

The femtosecond laser doesn’t just help make cataract surgery easier and more comfortable for both the patient and surgeon, but it also offers the chance to reduce and control astigmatism in cataract patients.

Femtosecond lasers operate at one-quadrillionth of a second, resulting in the ability to cut the eye’s outer layers at the molecular level. This allows surgeons to make the most precise and accurate incisions possible, while doing minimal damage to the surrounding tissue.

Here at OCLI, our Dr. Cary Silverman was the first ophthalmologist in New Jersey to offer the new, state-of-the-art HD Femtosecond Laser Cataract Surgery with the Catalys Laser System. He is also one of a few surgeons worldwide who can offer surgery on multiple platforms (the Catalys and LenSx lasers)  Our goal is to always be on the cutting edge of eye health and surgery, and we’re happy to know that so many people are seeing the benefits of femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery.

As the results of studies and the testimonials from surgeons around the country roll in, it certainly seems like the femtosecond laser is worth its price tag. If you’re looking to learn more about Femtosecond HD Laser Cataract Surgery or are interested in finding out whether or not you would be a good candidate for this procedure, be sure to contact OCLI today.

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