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Femtosecond Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery
A Cataract is a common condition in which the normally clear lens of the eye becomes increasingly cloudy. Compared to vision with a clear lens, your vision with a cataract may look fuzzy, colors might be muted, and you may experience difficulty reading signs while driving at night. The symptoms of cataracts are progressive and cannot be corrected with glasses or contacts. When symptoms become bothersome or limit your daily activities, it's time to consider treatment from some of Los Angeles’ top eye surgeons at our Beverly Hills LASIK Center.
Femtosecond Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery is the most advanced technique in the world to provide better refractive outcomes with Cataract Surgery. Many of the steps of cataract surgery that are traditionally performed using handheld instruments can now be completed using the precision of a laser. Specialty Surgical Center is one of the few Surgery Centers to have two FEMTO Lasers – the CATALYS® Precision Laser System and the LenSx® Femtosecond Laser.
Vision Correction Surgery
Once the astigmatism question has been addressed, the next issue in decision making for the patient is to decide at what distance or distances the patient wishes to see well with less dependence on glasses. There are three distances in the real world where people wish to see well: distance (driving, TV, movies, walk around vision), intermediate (computer, card playing, museum, interpersonal distance) and reading.
There are a variety of implant lenses available to try and address vision at these different distances, and a variety of surgical strategies possible to achieve the optical goals of the patient. In general, patients may end up being largely glasses independent, but still may have an occasional need for glasses for various purposes- extended reading or very small print, computer, night driving, depending on the lens and strategy used.
Using CATALYS Precision Laser System, Dr. Cornell and Dr. Stoll can provide you with a highly customized, more accurate, and gentle treatment.
Customization with 3D Imaging
Like a fingerprint, every eye has a unique size and shape. Prior to treatment, CATALYS® images your eye and makes precise 3D maps of relevant structure. This enables your surgeon to create a tailored treatment plan that is customized for your eye.
Laser Vision Laser PrecisionCATALYS® creates a perfectly sized, shaped, and centered circular opening to access and remove the cataract. This precise incision helps Dr. Cornell and Dr. Stoll place the new artificial lens exactly where it is intended.
Gentle ApproachYour surgeon can use the laser to soften the hard cataract. Softening the lens with the CATALYS® is a gentle low energy approach that reduces inflammation and helps speed visual recovery.
Integral Guidance System
The CATALYS® System is also equipped with the Integral Guidance System, which is an image-guidance system that maps ocular surfaces and determines safety zones so that the physician can select and customize the treatment. As a result, this helps to ensure that the femtosecond laser pulses are delivered as precisely as possible to the intended location.
Steps in the Integral Guidance System process include:
- Proprietary, 3D spectral-domain OCT imaging system visualizes the ocular surfaces
- Once this has completed, algorithms process the image, automatically and accurately maps surfaces. With this information, it then creates safety zones for the surgeon.
- Once the surgeon analyzes the safety zones, the treatment plan is customized based on the patient’s ocular anatomy and the precise orientation of their eye(s)
- After the surgeon confirms the customized treatment plan, the femtosecond laser pulses begin precisely to the previously-intended location all the while maintaining the safety zones
- The CATALYS® System procedure is comprised of four important steps:
Patients with smaller amounts of astigmatism can have the astigmatism corrected with the use of a Femtosecond Laser assist to cataract surgery for an additional fee. This amazing technology was approved in the United States in 2011, and Dr. Cornell was the first surgeon in Los Angeles County to use the Femtosecond Laser for cataract surgery.
The LenSx® Femtosecond Laser allows the surgeon to perform four of the steps of cataract surgery with the laser that otherwise would be done by hand. These steps include breaking up the nucleus of the cataract, making a perfectly round and exactly sized capsulotomy (opening in the cataract lens capsule), making the primary incision, and most importantly for Refractive Cataract Surgery, making very precisely shaped and configured depth incisions in the edge of the cornea to reduce pre-existing astigmatism. The accuracy and precision of the laser during the surgery allows for improved refractive results and less dependence on glasses after the surgery.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about this procedure, do not hesitate to call us at 310.274.9205 or through our online form.
Watch video on new customizable cataract surgery procedures below