Cataract treatment consists of surgical removal of the cloudy lens and implantation of a clear intraocular lens. Dr. Besser specializes in femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery using two state-of-the-art laser systems: the LenSx® Laser and Catalys®.
Both laser systems integrate the ultrashort-pulse femtosecond laser with 3D optical coherence tomography. With expert surgical skill, Dr. Besser performs sutureless cataract microsurgery, using the laser to create such a small and precise incision that the wound seals without stitches.
Femtosecond lasers allow the cornea, lens capsule, and crystalline lens to be cut at precise depths and in various patterns. It uses low energy to soften the cataract, allowing gentle cataract removal.
Optical coherence tomography (OCT)
An OCT scan maps the eye’s structures, allowing cataract removal customized to the size and shape of each patient’s eye.
How are replacement lenses used to correct vision?
Following cataract removal, Dr. Besser implants the best intraocular lens for each patient, including lenses that correct common refractive errors such as:
Myopia (nearsightedness): clear vision of close-up objects, blurry distance vision
Hyperopia (farsightedness): clear vision of distant objects, difficulty seeing nearby objects
Presbyopia: develops with age, ability to focus up close becomes difficult
Astigmatism: near and distant images appear blurry and distorted
Dr. Besser may implant two advanced intraocular lenses: toric and multifocal. Toric lenses correct astigmatism, using different powers in various lens meridians to correct for varying degrees of nearsightedness or farsightedness. Multifocal lenses also correct for near and distance vision using different points of focus.