How Laser makes it even better
Over the last few years there has been an innovation in the use of lasers during cataract surgery. To understand how this changes surgery you must first understand non-laser cataract surgery.
The first step is to make a few small incisions with a blade so that the surgeons can work inside the eye on the cataract.
Next the surgeon must make a circular hole in the natural “bag” that holds the lens, while leaving the “bag” there for later use. Currently a skilled surgeon can use an instrument to make this small circular opening so that the lens can be manipulated during surgery.
Lastly the lens with cataracts must be broken up with an ultrasound machine and removed.
LASER ASSISTED SURGERY
On the first step, the laser can actually make the incisions needed to perform the surgery with precision that can not be obtained with a blade.
The second step is where the laser starts to make the biggest change. Even the most skilled surgeons in the world have a hard time making a perfectly circular opening in the “bag”, whereas a computer assisted laser can make a perfect circle every time. This precision makes the implant stay more centered as the healing process progresses.
Where we think the largest benefit come from is the breaking up of the cataract. The laser can cut the lens into small pieces before any instrument is even inserted into the eye. This causes the surgeon to use less ultrasound energy INSIDE the eye while removing the cataract. Studies are being done now to show how using less energy in the eye may cause less post-surgery complications.
Because our doctors at Koby Karp Doctors Eye Institute like to keep up with the latest technology we are currently researching the leading laser systems so that we can provide the best possible care to our patients.
If you are interested in learning more about laser assisted cataract surgery, make an appointment to see one of our surgeons for a consultation at (502) 897-1604.