Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery
Laser assisted cataract surgery is probably the biggest evolutionary development in Cataract and Refractive lens exchange (and Clarivu) surgery that has occurred since the arrival of smaller incision cataract surgery with ultrasonic emulsification (phacoemulsification) of the lens some 30 years ago. Its interesting to note that many prospective patients have for years, incorrectly, formed the impression that their cataract surgery is performed using a laser device !
In fact though laser cataract surgery devices have been studied in a research setting for perhaps a decade, only now – in 2014 – have we felt that the technology has properly matured to a point where it can provide some clear potential benefits for our patients.
We are pleased to announce the arrival of one of the most advanced laser cataract surgery devices on the planet – and its available right here in Yorkshire at one of our prime clinical facility providers – The Optegra Yorkshire Eye Hospital in Apperley Bridge, Bradford.
LENSAR – with Augmented 3D Reality
The Lensar laser cataract surgery system is the only femtosecond laser system designed and built purely for cataract and refractive lens exchange surgery. Ground up design for this purpose makes this a perfect tool to assist our surgeons in delivering even better quality cataract surgery outcomes.
What is the benefit of LENSAR cataract surgery for patients ?
The Lensar cataract surgery system provides a wide range of potential benefits for patients. At Bettersight we have absolutely no doubt that eventually all cataract surgery will be performed this way in years to come as the technology becomes more widely available – at present in the Yorkshire region – Optegra Yorkshire Eye Hospital are the only facility to be able to host this advanced technology. Potential benefits for patients are;
- More efficient surgery – Using a computer controlled femtosecond laser device to pre-carve the cataract into pre-defined fragments will allow the surgeon to remove the cataract with much improved efficiency. Studies suggest that the amount of ultra-sonic energy required to break up the cataract into tiny pieces can easily be reduced by 50% – with some studies suggesting that energy input into the eye can be reduced to close to zero levels for many standard types of cataract. In general lower energy equals less overall risk imparted to the operation and often a more rapid recovery.
- More Precise capsular Openings. The capsule opening is generally desired to be as round and as centred as possible in order to help improve final vision performance. Though the best eye surgeons are able to do this with exquisite skill by hand – it’s likely that having a computer controlled laser device such as
LENSAR to create these capsular openings will yield a small but significant improvement in the accuracy and safety of this vital step in cataract / Refractive lens exchange surgery.
- More precise incisions.
Once again the best eye surgeons are consistently able to create accurate properly formed incisions in cataract surgery -however with the benefit of a computer controlled laser device creating the incisions we have no doubt that this can help improve incisional safety and less likelihood of incision related problems arising after surgery. Better control of incisions will ultimately help to yield better likelihood of high quality vision after cataract surgery.
- Better Control. Lensar’s unique augmented 3D reality is a very specialised means of creating a full 3D map of the front part of the eye. This is an integral part of the
technology that helps to allow the surgeon even better control of the surgical environment. Its possible that in the future this type of 3D mapping of the eye may also become additionally useful for lens implant power calculations.
In summary – Lensar laser assisted Cataract surgery is in our view the most powerful tool at our disposal when it comes to optimising cataract surgery to push up the already very high levels of quality and safety that we have become accustomed to in recent years.
If you or a family member are interested in learning more about this just use the contact tab on the right of this page and request a patient brochure outlining the additional advantages of the most advanced form of cataract surgery anywhere.