Laser Cataract Surgery in Brooklyn
With cataracts being a common effect of aging, cataract surgery is one of the most frequently performed procedures in America. Over the years, new advances and techniques have made it extremely safe, successful and well tolerated by patients. One of the most revolutionary advances in cataract surgery is the use of a laser to perform critical steps of the procedure. Dr. Samer Khosrof of Leading Lasik was an early adopter of laser cataract surgery and continues to offer the exciting technology at his Brooklyn LASIK and cataract practice.
More about Laser Cataract Surgery
Traditional cataract surgery involves the use of several handheld surgical instruments to create the initial corneal incision and the circular opening in the lens capsule. Even when the most talented and precise surgeon performs cataract surgery, there is the slight possibility of human error and related consequences. Laser cataract surgery essentially eliminates the risk of human error. A computer-controlled femtosecond laser performs three important steps of surgery, thereby enhancing the predictability and precision of the procedure.
Step 1: Creating the Corneal Incision
In traditional cataract surgery, the surgeon uses a hand-held blade to create the initial incision in the cornea. In a laser cataract surgery procedure, Dr. Khosrof captures three-dimensional images and special measurements of the eye to map out the plan for the corneal incision. The specific location, depth and length of the incision are determined from these images, and the femtosecond laser is programmed based on this information. The laser creates the incision in a way that it can seal itself after the surgery has been completed, without the need for stitches or sutures. This reduces the risk of developing a post-operative infection.
Step 2: Opening the Lens Capsule
The next step of cataract surgery, called the capsulotomy, involves accessing and opening the clear capsule that surrounds the lens. In traditional cataract surgery, a needle and forceps are used to make a circular tear in the capsule. Using a femtosecond laser to perform the capsulotomy has been shown to create more accurate tears, which later enables better centering of the intraocular lens (IOL) that replaces the cataract-diseased lens. Ensuring the successful center of the IOL is what determines long-term success.
Step 3: Breaking the Cataract into Small Pieces
Traditional cataract surgery uses an ultrasonic device to break up the lens into smaller pieces so they can be easily removed from the eye. However, using ultrasound energy can, in some cases, burn the incision and compromise the visual outcomes of surgery. A femtosecond laser uses less energy to break the cataract into small and soft pieces. This reduces some of the risks of a burn. Using a laser also reduces the risk of breaking the lens capsule — and it is important to preserve the capsule as best possible to ensure it can properly hold the IOL.
Schedule a Laser Cataract Surgery Consultation
To learn more about the distinctions between traditional cataract surgery and laser cataract surgery, please contact Leading Lasik and request a consultation with Dr. Samer Khosrof. Call 718-630-1070 today.
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