Laser Cataract Surgery – Offering the Latest Advances in Cataract Treatment Options to Las Vegas
Laser cataract surgery is a revolutionary approach to cataract treatment. Abrams Eye Institute is excited to offer Nevada’s first laser cataract surgery option.
Dr. Jack Abrams, chief cataract surgeon at Abrams Eye Institute, is proud to bring Nevada’s first refracted laser assisted cataract surgery treatment option to Las Vegas. The revolutionary LenSx® femtosecond laser introduces image-guided computer precision to cataract eye treatment. This results in greater accuracy, better visual outcomes, better lens positioning, and customized astigmatism treatment.
Making advances in cataract treatment options
The success found in the treatment of cataracts can be found in Melba’s success story:
A cataract is a clouding of the natural eye lens, which is responsible for focusing light onto the retina and producing clear, sharp images. The cloudiness of the lens results in cloudy, or blurred vision. In most cases, cataracts are a natural result of aging. Regardless of the cause, cataracts will not improve if left alone. An ophthalmologist must treat them.
Many steps involved in traditional cataract procedures are still performed manually with a surgical blade, bent needle or forceps. The LenSx® Laser offers a new level of precision and reproducibility in ophthalmic surgery. The additional steps performed by the LenSx® Laser to align the capsular and corneal incisions in three dimensions improve your visual outcome.
Dr. Jack Abrams explains the benefits of laser cataract surgery:
Enhanced reproducibility with laser cataract surgery
In addition to using the laser to create a stair-stepped, self-sealing incision to begin the procedure, the LenSx® can create an opening in the thin membrane structure surrounding the lens. This is a particularly delicate step (known as capsulorhexis) in cataract surgery, and is critical to the safety and efficacy of the procedure. In fact, your replacement Intra-Ocular Lens (IOL) is placed through the capsulorhexis into the membrane. The LenSx® performs the anterior capsulotomy, lens fragmentation, and all corneal incisions with tremendous accuracy and reproducibility.
Clinical studies involving the LenSx®
During clinical studies examining the effectiveness of the LenSx® laser, 60 eyes underwent a manual capsulorhexis (made with a bent or shaped needle), while 60 other eyes had the capsulorhexis performed by the femtosecond laser. The study showed that the laser achieved an accuracy of + or – 0.25 millimeters in diameter on all 60 procedures, while only 10% of the manual capsulorhexis achieved a similar result. This more consistent precision leads to better lens positioning and more predictable visual outcomes.
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Minimizing your risks
In traditional cataract surgery, once the capsulorhexis is made manually, the lens has to be separated from the surrounding capsular bag and chopped into pieces using the ultrasonic power of a phacoemulsification instrument. Certain complications can occur during this step, such as rupturing the posterior of the capsular bag and causing traumatic injury to the delicate zonular fibers that hold the capsular bag in place. In order for the new accommodating IOLs to function at peak performance, the integrity of the zonular fibers most not be compromised.
In order to prevent injury to the zonular fibers, the femtosecond laser is used to gently break apart or liquefy the cataract. The ophthalmologist can then remove the liquefied cataract in less time with less ultrasonic power, or possibly without the need of any ultrasonic power at all.
Your most accurate choice in cataract surgery
This latest technology provides the best visual outcome with the highest level of accuracy. However, it may not be the best option for your unique case. Each condition is different. The only way to determine your best option is to have a cataract screening in order for your ophthalmologist to determine the best approach to improve your vision.