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Michiana Eye Center is first in the area to offer patients the new standard in cataract surgery. Using a precision laser, our doctors can provide a gentle, highly customized cataract procedure with results not achievable with traditional manual techniques.

What is Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery?

Laser-assisted cataract surgery is a procedure in which a surgeon is assisted in breaking apart the cataracts of the eye by using a femtosecond laser.  Unlike traditional cataract surgery in which a surgeon manually utilizes a blade to create a small cut along the corneal surface to remove the cataract, laser-assisted surgery begins with advanced 3D imaging technology which is used to build a 3D map of each eye, tailoring the surgical procedure to that map.

Next, Michiana Eye Center surgeons use the laser to create a circular opening for accessing and removing the cataract. Clinical studies have shown that this opening is approximately 10 times more accurate when performed with the femtosecond laser than what is achievable by hand.1,2 The laser is then used to soften and break up the hard cataract into tiny pieces, allowing for gentler, easier cataract removal.3

Depending on the patient’s pre-operative vision and desired visual result, Michiana Eye Center surgeons may recommend a tailored treatment plan that could include creating ultra-precise laser incisions in the cornea and a specific clear lens type, such as a multi-focal lens. This tailored treatment may reduce a patient’s need for glasses or contacts after surgery.

What are the benefits of laser-assisted cataract surgery?

  • A highly customized procedure using advanced 3D imaging
  • A treatment with little or no discomfort
  • A more precise treatment 
  • A gentler and easier cataract removal
  • Generally, a more rapid visual recovery due to reduced inflammation4
  • The opportunity to receive tailored treatment with advanced technology multi-focal lenses, which may reduce the need for glasses or contacts after surgery

References

1 Friedman, NJ, et al.,

“Femtosecond Laser Capsulotomy,” Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery,   2011 July; 37(7): 1189-1198

2 Palanker, D., et al.,

“Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery with Integrated Optical Coherence Tomography,” Science Translational Medicine, Vol 2 Issue 58: 1-9 (2010)

3 Burkhard HD.,

“The synergy of MICS and femtosecond lasers: The future of small incision cataract surgery” Ophthalmology Times Europe, 2012 April; Vol 8 Issue 3

4 Burkhard HD.,

“Femtosecond cataract surgery outcomes: an advance or not?” Proceedings from the XXX Congress of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery in Milan, Italy. September 2012 the new standard in precision cataract surgery

EyeSmart Education, provided by the American Academy of Ophthalmology