Laser Cataract Surgery
Is Laser Cataract Surgery right for you?
The current standard for treating cataracts outside of Georgia Center for Sight is surgery using handheld instruments, which are responsible for nearly 50% of blindness worldwide. Our femtosecond lasers deliver a new dimension of precision for ophthalmic surgeons and their patients. The Georgia Center for Sight is proud to offer LenSx® Laser Cataract Surgery. The LenSx® Laser is the first femtosecond laser cleared by the FDA for laser cataract surgery. Femtosecond lasers emit pulses with durations between a few and hundreds of femtoseconds, otherwise known as quadrillionths (or millionths of a billionth) of a second. This simply means that this laser is extremely fast and accurate, which leads to virtually no damage to surrounding tissue. The LenSx® Laser is a fully-integrated, image-guided femtosecond laser using a customizable 3-D surgical platform. Femtosecond lasers have the ability to tightly focus energy to produce precise surgical incisions so they are perfect for laser cataract surgery. This allows the surgeon to visualize, customize and perform many of the most challenging steps of cataract surgery, including:
All corneal incisions
The LenSx® Laser brings a new level of precision to laser cataract surgery through a number of high-tech features:
Real-time video imaging with integrated OCT. Provides three-dimensional visualization of the entire anterior segment during docking, planning and procedure.
Curved patient interface. Designed for patient comfort, ease of use and optimal laser performance.
Intuitive touch screen graphic user interface. Allows each step of the procedure to be easily planned, customized and executed.
True image-guided surgical planning. Enables the surgeon to precisely program the size, shape and location of each incision.
The LenSx? Laser uses focused femtosecond laser pulses to create incisions in the lens capsule, crystalline lens and the cornea. This results in treatments that are tailored for each patient and delivers a remarkable degree of accuracy.
During the cataract surgery, the affected natural crystalline lens is replaced with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). IOLs are typically made of a flexible material, allowing your surgeon to fold and insert the IOL through a minuscule incision. Once the cataract is removed and the IOL is in the proper position, light can once again travel unimpeded to the back of the eye.
Is cataract surgery safe? All surgery has risk. However, cataract surgery is one of the safest and most common surgical procedures performed. The actual procedure involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with an artificial lens called an intraocular lens (IOL), such as the AcrySof® IQ Toric IOL.
How long does it take to recover from cataract surgery? Recovery after cataract surgery is quick and usually occurs within only a few days. Most patients have improved vision soon after surgery, and your sight may continue to improve for several days or weeks.
How long will the surgery take? Cataract surgery is typically an outpatient procedure, taking approximately 10 to 15 minutes.
Will I feel anything? Patients rarely feel anything since topical numbing drops are placed in your eye and medications may be administered to help you relax.
When will I be able to return to my normal activities? Typically, you will be able to return to normal activities within several days. You should be able to resume driving and return to work within 2 to 3 days.
If you have been diagnosed with cataracts, contact Georgia Center for Sight today to schedule your femtosecond laser cataract surgery consultation.