Femtosecond Laser for Cataract Surgery


Femtosecond Laser for Cataract Surgery

Let’s not blur things over: It’s time to get “Claris clear” about the hottest trend in cataract surgery: Femtosecond Laser.

There have been several transcending upgrades and enhancements to femtosecond laser procedures used for the treatment of cataracts, thanks to the newest LENSAR Laser System with Augmented Reality.

Cataract surgery is currently the most common outpatient operation, with a very high success rate. That is because at Claris Eye Care & Surgery Dr. Keith Carlson is using the most cutting edge technology- specifically The LENSAR Laser System. Designed for safety, comfort and accuracy, this femtosecond Laser assisted cataract surgery can create incisions with exactitude, while actually softening the cataract lens and decreasing postoperative healing time. In fact, one out of every four of our patients is requesting treatment with this new technology that has reached the paragon of sophistication.

What Is The LENSAR Laser & The Femtosecond Laser ?

“The LENSAR Laser System with Augmented Reality” uses an advanced 3-D modeling technology which allows Dr. Carlson to place laser pulses with exactitude, making a small incision in the eye, effectively softening your cataract for removal and ensuring the optimal condition for unequivocal intraocular lens (IOL) placement.
The laser pulses are done with the femtosecond laser, which emits ultra short and fast optical pulses. Claris Eye Care & Surgery has actually been using femtosecond laser technology successfully in ophthalmic surgery since 2001. In fact it is the same highly successful laser technology that has been used in LASIK surgery for over a decade.

Do I have cataracts?

You would know if your vision has become cloudy or blurred and if it were affecting your daily activities. Sadly, this is one of the multitudes of human functions that tend to decline with age. The physiology of it is not very confusing. Basically, the lens located behind the iris of your eyes acts just like the lens of a camera, focusing light on the retina and sending images to your brain. A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens. Cloudy, blurred and unfocused vision prevents light from reaching the retina of your eyes, which affects your vision, and may end up limiting your activities and ability to enjoy life. Unlike your cornea, your lens is normally flexible- which allows for clear vision at a range of distances. However, a loss of the flexibility in focus is inevitable as we get older due to stiffening of the lens, and this is termed “presbyopia”.

Treatment for Cataracts at Claris Eye Care & Surgery

You can relax knowing that at Claris we have the latest technology available to treat one of your most valuable senses – your sight. The number one option for treating cataracts is cataract surgery, which is also known as “Refractive Eye Surgery”. It is called this because it is used to improve the refractive state of the eye, thereby decreasing or eliminating completely the dependency on glasses or contact lenses.

There have been several transcending upgrades and enhancements to femtosecond laser procedures thanks to the LENSAR such as:

• Simplified Procedures with the Cassini™ Corneal Shape Analyzer, iris registration, cataract density imaging and customized fragmentation patterns, and arcuate incision planning
• Wireless integration
• Efficient Design: Automated features and thoughtful ergonomics allow for seamless integration without added time, for maximum surgical efficiency
• Superior Imaging: Augmented Reality™ provides a sophisticated 3-D reconstruction of the relevant anterior segment, allowing for precise laser delivery and the surgical confidence for accurate corneal incisions, free-floating capsulotomies, and efficient lens fragmentation for all grades
• Energy Reduction: Combining superior imaging of the anterior segment, precise laser placement, and efficient lenticular fragmentation, allows up to 100% energy reduction

For questions about premium lens/femtosecond laser, call Cheryl Schow at 612.775.8011 or email her at cschow@clariseyecare.com.

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