Dr. Stancey offers blade free laser assisted cataract surgery and traditional cataract surgery. With laser assisted cataract surgery, several steps of the surgery are performed with a computer controlled laser to ensure the highest precision and predictability. The LenSx® and Catalys ® lasers utilize a femtosecond laser, which has been used to perform LASIK surgery for over a decade. The same technology that brought new levels of safety, accuracy, and predictability to LASIK surgery has now revolutionized cataract surgery. The lasers bring a new level of customization to cataract surgery allowing each procedure to be specifically tailored to each patient’s anatomy. With this laser assisted approach to cataract surgery, the surgeon creates a precise surgical plan with sophisticated 3D image guidance of the eye called an OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography).
Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery
Benefits of blade free laser assisted cataract surgery include:
- Astigmatism correction done at the time of cataract surgery, which is more accurate and reproducible with a laser incision than a manual incision using a traditional blade. Correcting astigmatism at the time of cataract surgery decreases the patient’s need for glasses after surgery.
- The laser provides a more precise multi-planed corneal incision. This results in quicker healing and less chance of a wound leak. In addition, the laser creates a more precise and centered circular opening in the lens capsule (capsulotomy) which improves the accuracy of intraocular lens placement.
- The laser pre-softens the cataract allowing Dr. Stancey to minimize the use of ultrasound energy needed to remove the cataract. This, in turn, leads to less recovery time.
Any procedure done with the LenSx®or Catalys® lasers is considered premium surgery and requires out-of-pocket charges. We will be happy to discuss this with you during your visit, as well as payment options.
Traditional cataract surgery is very effective and successful. People who do not want to invest out-of-pocket money in laser cataract surgery can still feel confident about the traditional approach. However, for those who want the best possible vision, the laser approach provides a more accurate, customizable, and predictable outcome to help achieve the goal of being glasses-free after cataract surgery!