As you may already know, a cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens causing blurry vision. In order to fix the problem, an Ophthalmologist (Eye MD and surgeon) must remove the cataract and replace it with a synthetic intraocular lens.
What is Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery?
In Laser-Assisted cataract surgery, a device is placed over the eye to map its surface. It gathers information to program the laser with the exact location, size, and depth for the incision. The device can also make the incision into the cornea, open up the capsule where the lens sits, and soften the cataract.
Measured in Femtoseconds
You may have heard the term “Femtosecond” or “Femto.” A femtosecond is the SI unit of time equal to 10-15 or 1 ⁄ 1,000,000,000,000,000 of a second. These refer to the speed of the laser, which is one quadrillionth of a second or one millionth of a billionth of a second. That’s fast!
Laser-Assisted vs. Traditional Cataract Surgery
After the laser has done its job, the cataract is removed, and the new intraocular lens or IOL is inserted into the eye.
In contrast, when performing traditional cataract surgery, the initial incisions are done by hand with a scalpel (blade).
In either case, the incision generally closes on its own without the need for stitches.
Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery is approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) for the correction of Astigmatism, a common imperfection in the curvature of the eye that causes blurred distance and near vision.
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