What is cataract laser surgery like? Can everyone undergo the operation? What tests are done to determine the most appropriate type of intervention?
Cataract laser surgery consists of applying a femtosecond laser that fragments and dissolves the cloudy lens contents. Should the cataract be well advanced, the nucleus of the lens gradually becomes stiff and the laser fails to dissolve it completely. In this case, the assistance of ultrasound micropulses will still be necessary.
Watch the video below to understand the steps taken during laser cataract surgery:
Before performing the surgery, a thorough eye exam is conducted to rule out other eye diseases and assess the development of the cataract.
Cataract laser surgery is a completely painless intervention lasting less than ten minutes and it has a very quick recovery time.
Preparation and anaesthesia does not differ from conventional cataract surgery
In cataract laser surgery, the corneal incision and the capsulorhexis is performed using a femtosecond laser which is guided by OCT imaging systems which are built into the laser.
The fragmentation of the lens nucleus is also performed by the laser; the surgeon can set all the parameters of the laser to suit the preferences and needs of each particular case. The aspiration of the cloudy lens is made with the same probe as used in conventional cataract surgery because sometimes we need the assistance of ultrasound.
Finally the intraocular lens is inserted using the same injector as in conventional cataract surgery.
In cataract laser surgery, many of the steps in cataract surgery are automated, meaning that the surgeon’s experience is less critical and increasing the safety of the procedure.
At Visiondiez, we have our own operating room used exclusively for eye surgery