New Laser Expands Treatment Options For Patients Needing Cataract Surgery
For the millions of people needing cataract surgery each year, there is a new option now in the way doctors can perform the procedure. In this new technique, surgeons use an FDA approved device called the “Femtosecond Laser” to aid in performing a number of the steps in cataract surgery. This approach combines a surgeon-programmed, computer-guided, laser with high resolution imaging to help with cataract removal, and correct vision for astigmatism. The high energy laser pulses have a duration of one millionth of one billionth of a second. After the cataract is removed, the surgeon still positions a replacement lens in the eye with traditional techniques.