Sutureless cataract microsurgery is performed using the laser to create a tiny, precise incision that seals without stitches.
Dr. Besser is an expert in both of the newest state-of-the-art laser systems, the LenSx® Laser and Catalys.®
Both cataract treatment platforms are based on laser systems that integrate the ultrashort-pulse Femtosecond Laser with 3D optical coherence tomography.
An OCT is a non-invasive cataract technology that scans and maps the eye’s structures, allowing cataract incisions and lens disassembly to be customized to the size and shape of each patient’s eye.
Using low coherence light to capture micrometer resolution, Optical Coherence Tomography doesn’t employ X-rays, doesn’t hurt, and is not uncomfortable for the patient. After this technology is used to scan the patient’s eye, the resulting imaging can be used to program the Femtosecond Laser.
The Femtosecond Laser has been used for the treatment of cataracts since 2010, and has proven to produce refined and predictable results. This type of laser allows the cornea, lens capsule, and crystalline lens to be cut at exceptionally precise depths and in complex patterns. During the cataract treatment, the Femtosecond Laser uses low energy to soften the cataract, allowing its gentle removal.
Compared to other cataract treatment options, such as traditional phacoemulsification, it requires less phacoemulsification energy and time applied, which leads to reduced corneal edema - and quicker recovery.
This includes lenses that correct common refractive eye conditions such as:
Clear vision of close-up objects, blurry vision at a distance.
Develops with age, ability to focus up close becomes difficult.
Clear vision of distant objects, difficulty seeing nearby objects.
Near and distant images appear blurry and distorted.
Currently, the six leading presbyopia-correcting lenses are:
PanOptix Trifocal Intraocular Lens (by Alcon)
Synergy Trifocal IOL (by Johnson & Johnson)
TECNIS Eyhance IOL (by Johnson & Johnson)
Vivity Extended Vision IOL (by Alcon)
Symfony Extended Depth-of-Focus Lens (by Johnson & Johnson)
CrystaLens Accommodative Lens (by Bausch & Lomb)
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