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Laser Cataract Surgery vs Traditional Cataract Surgery

What are the Advantages of Laser vs. Traditional Cataract Surgery for our Atlanta patients?

Laser Cataract Surgery uses a femtosecond laser to perform many of the surgical steps that were traditionally performed by hand. The precise, reproducible steps performed by the laser mean better lens positioning, less trauma to the eye, and more predictable visual results which are especially important with LifeStyle Lens Implants.

Watch Animated Video of Laser vs. Traditional Cataract Surgery

Laser Incisions

Laser Incisions

Blade Incisions

Blade Incisions

To begin, a stair-step incision is created on the edge of the cornea with the laser instead of with a blade. The incision is self-sealing and rarely needs suturing.

Laser Capsulorhexis

Laser Capsulorhexis

Manual Capsulorhexis

Manual Capsulorhexis

The laser then creates an opening, “capsulorhexis”, in the thin capsular membrane that surrounds the natural lens to provide an opening to remove the cataract. Studies have shown that less than 10% of manual capsulorrhexis, which are made with a bent or shaped needle, have been able to achieve the same accuracy that is produced with laser cataract surgery.

Manual Dissection

Manual Dissection

Laser Dissection

Laser Dissection

The laser also softens the nucleus as it is divided into manageable pieces, thereby allowing the cataract to be removed using less ultrasound energy. This is beneficial because there is less inflammation during surgery, making the procedure less traumatic to the eye.