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femtosecond cataract surgery

Bladeless LenSx ® system allows for maximum precision

Dec. 18, 2014

Emory Eye Center offers femtosecond cataract surgery

Bladeless LenSx ® system allows for maximum precision


Media contact:  Joy Bell, 404-778-3711, jbell@emory.edu

(Atlanta) Emory Eye Center now offers femtosecond laser technology for those patients undergoing cataract surgery. The system can replace blade use during surgery with a femtosecond laser, providing a no-stitch procedure and can increase surgical precision and maximize surgery customization.  This allows for improvements in how we get appropriate patients to have less dependence on glasses or contacts after cataract surgery.

“The LenSx ® laser really allows me to offer patients a procedure that is specifically tailored to their eye and their need,” says cornea specialist J. Bradley Randleman, a cataract surgeon at Emory Eye Center.  “I can customize most aspects of the typical cataract procedure, and this gives me the best opportunity to maximize the patient’s outcome and minimize their dependence on glasses after surgery.”

The LenSx ® femtosecond laser surgery will be performed at Emory’s Dunwoody Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) with the Eye Center’s Refractive Cataract Team of physicians that includes surgeons Maria Aaron, John Kim, Alexa Lu and J. Bradley Randleman.

“The Dunwoody ASC has been designed from the ground up to be a center of excellence for refractive cataract and other lens-based ophthalmic procedures,” says Randleman. “With the addition of the femtosecond laser for cataract we now have all resources to be able to offer all of our cataract patients customized, state-of-the-art care to maximize both safety and outcomes.”

The procedure
During the new procedure, the surgeon uses a 3-D image, an optical coherence tomography (or OCT) to guide the laser to establish precise, bladeless incisions that are customized for each patient. The laser replaces the most challenging step of manual cataract surgery; the capsulorhexis.  The laser also facilitates cataract removal by laser guided softening and lens fragmentation, which allows the cataract to be removed with significantly less ultrasound energy in the eye.

With the laser-created capsulorhexis, better implantation and centering of the intraocular lens (IOL) is possible with the new procedure, thereby providing the highest level of visual outcome.

Cataract - background
A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens, which is located just behind the iris (colored part of the eye). It works like a camera, focusing light images onto the retina at the back of the eye, which then send that image to the brain. When the lens becomes cloudy and rigid, as it can with age, that cloudy lens can prevent images from reaching the retina. Many people over the age of 75 do develop cataracts. Images become blurry, colors become dull and night vision is compromised. Today’s surgical procedures provide good sight following the cataract extraction. The old lens is replaced with a new lens that will optimize the patient’s vision. Recovery is typically quick, within a few days.

Note: There may be out-of-pocket expenses with this procedure.

 

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