‘A cataract procedure as unique as your eyes’
No matter what you value most in life, chances are you are highly dependent on your sight. If your vision is clouded by cataracts, you may be losing the ability to enjoy the very things that make life worth living, here at MDPC we are proud to introduce groundbreaking new technology in cataract surgery – LenSx or ‘Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery.’
Fortunately cataract surgery can help you to regain your vision and your quality of life. Laser Assisted Cataract surgery is the latest development in the evolution of cataract surgery and offers an unprecedented degree of precision that previously has been unattainable.
What is a cataract?
The human lens, located behind the pupil, works just like the lens of a camera, focusing light on the retina (the back of the eye), which sends images to the brain. The lens becomes clouded over time and this is what is called a cataract. This keeps light and images from reaching the retina clearly. This can be the reason why sharp images become blurred, bright colours become dull, or seeing at night is more difficult. It may also be why reading glasses or bifocals don’t seem to help. When you have a cataract, vision has been described as seeing life through old, cloudy film. Cataracts usually occur as you get older, but eye injuries, certain diseases or even some medications can also cause cataracts. They cannot be prevented and will often progress to a stage that surgery is needed.
A cataract, however, is not a ‘film’ over the eyes and requires an operation inside the eye to remove the old, cloudy lens and replace it with a new, artificial lens that restores your vision, often reducing your dependence on glasses and in many ways, significantly improving your quality of life.
What is cataract surgery?
Cataract surgery is one of the safest and most successful procedures performed today. It is usually a day only procedure requiring only a few hours in a hospital or day surgery centre.
The goal of the operation is to divide the old, cloudy lens into pieces, remove the pieces from the eye and insert an artificial lens to replace the natural lens. The eye is anaesthetised to ensure patient comfort during the procedure.
In traditional cataract surgery micro incisions (of about 2.5mm) are created by a blade, the front of the lens is opened mechanically and the lens is divided by un ultrasonic probe. This probe then removes the dense part of the cataract and after cleaning the remaining cataract tissue an intraocular lens (IOL) is inserted through this micro-incision. No sutures are usually required because the incision is self sealing.
What is LenSX – laser assisted cataract surgery?
Using the latest laser technology, patients now have the option of choosing a bladeless, computer-controlled LenSX laser to perform the first 3 critical steps to cataract surgery.
The LenSX laser creates precise incisions in the eye, creates a perfectly sized opening in the front of the lens and divides the cataract, all with the high precision image guided femtosecond laser.
This prepares the eye successfully for the subsequent cataract surgery steps and IOL insertion.
The LenSX laser is an advanced precision based technology that uses a computer controlled and image guided high frequency femtosecond laser to perform the early stages of the cataract procedure, cutting the tissues with a high degree of precision. Femtosecond laser technology (where making the incision takes the tiniest fraction of a second) has already been well proven over the last 10 years in Refractive Laser Eye Surgery.
The LenSX Femtosecond Laser is based on this technology and is the first available in Australia.
What are the advantages of LenSX Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery?
- A bladeless procedure
- More precise incisions. It is felt this will create more reproducible results with regard to astigmatism allowing better visual results. The incision is also theoretically more robust and hence safer.
- A perfectly shaped and centred lens opening possibly leading to more accurate IOL positioning and better visual results.
- A gentler procedure due to less manipulation to the eye. Laser-assisted cataract surgery has the potential to reduce the energy, fluid and the time used during cataract surgery therefore ensuring a faster, kinder and gentler approach leading to quicker visual recovery and less damage to the delicate structures inside the eye.
Advanced Technology Intraocular Lenses (IOL’s)
Laser- assisted cataract surgery is the ideal technique to achieve the best results with advanced technology IOL’s.
Advances in intraocular lens design now give patients the option to choose a Monofocal, Multifocal or Toric IOL to correct their vision.
Both Monofocal and Toric IOL’s correct near-sightedness or far-sightedness and provide excellent vision at one point of focus, while Toric IOL’s also correct astigmatism.
Multifocal IOL’s provide a fuller range of clearer vision at multiple distances with significantly reduced dependence on glasses.
Your doctor will advise you which Advanced Technology IOL’s will suit your lifestyle and vision needs.