Even though cataract surgery is one of the safest and most successful surgeries in medicine today, the addition of laser assisted cataract surgery with computer-guided technology offers an even higher level of precision to cataract surgery.
The Eye Associates is pleased to offer Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery with Alcon’s LenSx® laser. The LenSx laser brings a new level of pinpoint accuracy to cataract surgery. You can relax knowing that key steps of your cataract surgery are performed without blades and with unsurpassed precision!
The LenSx Laser’s advanced imaging system provides surgeons with a series of 3-dimensional, cross-sectional images of all of the parts of the eye related to cataract surgery. It has high-tech software that carefully maps and measures your eye. This is important because these high resolution images are then used to plan and perform the laser surgery to exacting specifications generally not attainable with traditional surgery.The laser also breaks up the cataract, and creates a circular opening in the lens capsule, making the exact placement of the new intraocular lens incredibly precise. This is very important, particularly for High Tech Lens Implants where maximizing your independence from glasses is the goal. And the LenSx Laser can even correct astigmatism.
Check out this video about Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery.
The Infiniti® Vision System
Alcon’s Infiniti® Vision System is an advanced phacoemulsification system that is used in conjunction with the LenSx Laser when performing cataract surgery. The Infiniti provides active monitoring of all critical parameters, uses lower energy levels and reduces and lowers mechanical stress on the eye; thereby increasing the safety of the procedure. The added gentleness this equipment brings to the procedure speeds recovery time so active patients can resume their normal lifestyle more quickly.
Frequently Asked Questions about Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery
What is a LenSx®laser and how is it used?
The LenSx® is a femtosecond laser made by Alcon that emits cool pulses with durations between a few femtoseconds and hundredths of a femtosecond.
The three key areas where patients most benefit from the use of LenSX Bladeless Laser assisted cataract surgery versus traditional manual cataract surgery are:
1) The laser provides a more precise circular incision in the capsule, thereby improving the accuracy of the placement of the intraocular lens implant. This can lead to a greater likelihood of clearer vision.
2) The laser pre-softens the cataract, allowing surgeons to minimize the use of ultrasound energy to remove the cataract lens. Decreased usage of ultrasound energy reduces the chances of thermal injury to tissues inside the eye which lessens recovery time.
3) Astigmatism correction can be done with the laser at the time of cataract surgery. Patients with astigmatism are usually required to wear glasses after cataract surgery, if it has not been corrected with the LenSx laser or if they do not get a toric lens implant.
The LenSx laser is the most technologically advanced option for Bladeless Laser cataract patients. It is no wonder that it is used worldwide for more cataract surgeries than any other femtosecond laser.
Why did The Eye Associates decide to begin utilizing the LenSx® laser for Bladeless Laser cataract surgery?
The Eye Associates has always been a leading innovator in cataract surgery and we pride ourselves on having the most surgically advanced cataract surgery technology, like the LenSx Laser. And when you combine the LenSx with our seasoned surgical team, it translates to greater precision and outstanding outcomes for our patients.
Is this procedure covered by insurance?
If reduced vision criteria is met and if your yearly deductible has been met, Medicare pays 80% of a traditional cataract surgery. The LenSx® laser is a premium enhanced upgrade not covered by Medicare and other insurances, and will require an additional out-of-pocket fee from the patient. We always supply patients with specific information on the cost of their procedure before the surgery during the surgery counseling process. NOTE: Individuals must check with their respective carriers for their specific eligibility and coverage benefits.
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