Laser vs. Traditional Cataract Surgery

Traditional cataract surgery, is both safe and effective. Dr. Concool will make an corneal incision by hand to remove the cataract. Then a tiny probe will be inserted to gently breakup the the cloudy lens (called phacoemulsification) and suction it away through the incision.

With Laser Refractive Cataract surgery, the laser provides HD image of the eye and produces the location, depth and length of the cataract. Using this unique map of your eye, the laser will provide customizable precision and reproducibly in the creation of the incision. This is the single most important step in your visual outcome.

The laser will then divide the cataract into microscopic pieces that can be easily suctioned without causing some of the inflammation that traditional surgery may cause.

In recent studies, the laser-treated eyes required 45% less ultrasound energy to achieve cataract removal than conventionally treated eyes and surgeons made 45% fewer movements in eyes that received laser pretreatment compared to manual standard surgery.

The LenSx laser that Dr. Concool uses is used in more cataract surgeries worldwide than any other femtosecond laser.

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115th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Orlando, Fla., Oct. 23-25, 2011.
Mark Packer, MD, clinical associate professor of ophthalmology, Oregon Health and Sciences University, Portland.
William Culbertson, MD, professor of ophthalmology, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami.© 2011 WebMD, LLC. All rights reserved.