Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery
Missouri Eye Institute continues a proud tradition of leading our area with new technologies that advance the quality and safety of eye surgeries. For example, Missouri Eye Institute was the first surgical group in the entire state of Missouri to introduce bladeless LASIK surgery for correction of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, and this technology remains the standard of care for LASIK procedures.
This same type of time-tested and proven laser technology is now utilized for cataract surgery, and Missouri Eye Institute was the first practice in the Cox Health Systems to introduce this technology to southwest Missouri and surrounding areas.
Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery offers several advantages over traditional, non-laser cataract surgery. Among them,
- The laser platform creates detailed, three-dimensional imagery of the interior of the eye which makes it easier to create customized plans for cataract removal and implantation of an intraocular lens (IOL).
- The laser generates pulses of high-energy that are used to soften the typically-hardened cataract, which makes it easier and more gentle for the surgeon to remove the cataract. This also allows less phacoemulsification (ultrasound) energy to be used to break apart the lens and minimize potential swelling of the cornea after the procedure.
- As the laser is less disruptive to the lens capsule (outer casing of the natural lens), this allows the surgeon to more precisely align the new IOL into its ideal position, thereby maximizing the potential for the sharpest possible vision capable by your eye.
- The laser allows for the creation of very precise incisions at the cornea (clear tissue at the front of the eye) that can reduce or eliminate low to moderate amounts of astigmatism. These incisions and the depth of these incisions is more precise than manual procedures.
Medicare and other insurance providers do not cover the fees associated with use of the femtosecond laser, but the use of this laser is included with some of the intraocular lenses that are offered. This will be explained in more detail at the time of your consultation.