We could say that cataracts are not a major problem in the actual time. Almost everyone has heard or know someone close to us, which has operated for cataract and experience is that it is an intervention of few minutes, less traumatic and with very good results.
In most cases this is true, but the fact remains that more complex cases, suffer from other diseases or because the cataract is well advanced or just because it is a small eye, very sunken (enophthalmos) or a long list that can affect results.
In order to minimize risks and improve efficiency, research has provided new technologies such as laser systems. The use of lasers in cataract surgery is not new, since 2000 has been used and our center was one of the first to apply it to our patients, publishing results in specialized journals.
Laser equipment (LenSex) for cataract surgery
Laser surgery design
Since its origins, laser technology has improved and we can say that at present has reached a point that truly represents an added benefit for patients undergoing cataract surgery, especially complicated cases, because it facilitates surgical maneuvers and allows us to ensure the success of the intervention.
The role of lasers in cataract surgery, involves making the incisions to enter the eye and implanting intraocular lens, capsulorhexis design to open the lens and soften (liquefaction) the cataractous material to facilitate aspiration.
In our case we can say that after 15 years researching the laser in cataract surgery is now a reality and its use is particularly recommended in complicated cases. The indication depends on what the surgeon consider. The only drawback is the additional cost of use, you should take extra patient as it is not covered by privet insurance and not yet performed by Social Security.
For those suffering cataracts and are considering surgery within a short time, tell you that the “classical techniques” continue to provide good results but if your ophthalmologist commented that your eyes have some risk factor, then I would suggest laser-assisted surgery.
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