Laser Cataract Surgery

Also Known as Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery FLACS

Cataract surgery, which removes a clouded lens from the eye and replaces it with an artificial one, is a frequent treatment done on millions of individuals each year. Although conventional cataract surgery is successful, technological advances have resulted in the creation of femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS), which has significant advantages over traditional surgery. We will explore what laser-assisted cataract surgery is, how it works, the advantages, dangers, and recuperation process in
this post.

How is Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery Different from Traditional Cataract Surgery?

Laser assisted cataract surgery

During conventional cataract surgery, the physician makes an incision in the cornea using a handheld device, and removes the cataract using an ultrasound probe that has a jackhammer-like action that breaks down the lens. Then the surgeon replaces it with an artificial lens. A femtosecond laser is used to help in the removal of the cataract from the eye during laser-assisted cataract surgery. A laser is used to make a precise incision in the cornea, break up the cataract, and help suction it out of the eye during FLACS. The laser tends to be more gentle on the eye allowing for faster recovery and a lower incidence of adverse outcomes.

Laser assisted cataract surgery

What is the Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery Process?

The patient will be given local anesthetic to numb the eye during FLACS. The surgeon will next use the femtosecond laser to make a tiny incision in the cornea, which is guided by modern imaging equipment to guarantee exact placement. In addition, the laser will create a round opening in the capsule enclosing the cataract. The laser also cuts the cataract down into smaller pieces that could be easily removed. After removing the cataract, the surgeon will replace it with a lens implant.

Cataract surgery before laser assisted
Traditional cataract surgery using a blade
Laser assisted surgery
Laser assisted cataract surgery

What are the Advantages of Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery?

FLACS is a more precise and predictable operation than standard cataract surgery, which is one of its key advantages. The laser provides for a more precise incision as well as the option to personalize the size and form of the incision, which may result in shorter recovery periods and better visual results. Moreover, the laser may lower the amount of ultrasonic energy (or jackhammer action) required to break up the cataract, resulting in reduced swelling and inflammation after surgery.

What are the Potential Risks of Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery?

FLACS has risks, just like any other operation. Although using a laser may lessen some of the dangers associated with conventional cataract surgery, such as inflammation and bleeding, problems such as infection and hemorrhage still exist. Moreover, FLACS might be more costly than standard cataract surgery, and it may require an out-of-pocket supplement on top of what insurance companies cover.

Dr. Ilan Cohen Has Performed Over 80,000 Vision Correction Procedures.

Dr. Cohen is a fellowship-trained cornea specialist and has devoted his career to fine-tuning and perfecting surgical techniques that can change your vision and your life. This is perhaps the reason that more than 1,000 physicians have chosen him for the correction of their own vision.

How Long Does Recovery Take After Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery?

FLACS recovery is fairly quick. Patients may suffer some pain and light sensitivity in the days after the treatment, but this should subside in a few days. Most patients are able to return to routine activities within a week. Dr. Cohen tells his patients that there are no restrictions on bending and heavy lifting based on his technique. Those restrictions might vary based on surgeon’s experience and skill.

Lasers assist in corrective surgery
Laser Lasik

Finally, laser-assisted cataract surgery is an effective and safe method for removing cataracts. Although it is more costly than conventional cataract surgery, it has some advantages, including greater accuracy and shorter recovery periods. As with any medical operation, discussing the risks and benefits with your surgeon is vital to determining if laser-assisted cataract surgery is right for you.

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