No matter what aspects of life you value most working, golng, reading or just taking in the scenery while strolling around town chances are theyre highly or wholly dependent on your sight. So if your vision is clouded by cataracts, you may actually be losing the ability to enjoy these very things, places and people that make life worth living.
What is a cataract?
A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens inside your eye. This lens, located behind the iris, works just like the lens of a camera – focusing light images on the retina, which sends images to the brain. The human lens can become so clouded it keeps light and images from reaching the retina.
A cataract can be the reason sharp images become blurred, bright colours become dull, or seeing at night is more difficult. It may also be why the reading glasses or bifocals that used to help you read or do simple tasks no longer seem to help. Vision with cataracts has been described as seeing life through old, cloudy Film. But a cataract is not a Film over the eyes. It cannot be prevented and diet will not make it go away. Eye injury, certain diseases, or even some medications can cause the clouding. The Cataract Surgery removes the old, clouded lens and replaces it with a new, artificial one to restore your vision, and in many ways, significantly improve your quality of life. Today s technologies have made both the surgery itself and the replacement lenses safer and more effective than ever. For instance, the refractive cataract laser has significantly increased surgical precision. And, unlike traditional replacement lenses that only worked for distance, the combination of advanced technology and innovation in multi focal lenses such as Alcon s AcrySof IQ Restor IOL allow patients to experience cataract surgery with the newest technologies
What exactly is cataract surgery?
Thanks to huge medical advances, cataract surgery is one of the safest and most successful procedures performed today. Cataract surgery is generally a simple, outpatient procedure with little discomfort, requiring only a few hours and a topical aesthetic. The goal of the operation is to break the old, cloudy lens into pieces, remove the pieces from the eye and insert a replacement lens to replace the natural lens. Traditionally, the surgeon would accomplish these tasks by making a tiny incision in the eye and then using an instrument about the size of a pen tip to break the old, cloudy lens into pieces & remove the pieces from the eye. Now, patients also have the option of choosing a computer-controlled refractive bladeless cataract laser to perform several of the most critical steps of cataract surgery.
What is the LenSx laser?
The LenSx laser is an advanced, precision based technology that operates with unmatched precisions and computer-control, helping surgeons to customize the procedure to your eye. It is unquestionably the most technologically advanced option for cataract patients. With the LenSx laser, there are a range of vital benefits.
A Custom tailored solution for your eyes.
While all human eyes share the same basic anatomical structure, every eye is just a bit different in terms of size, depth, curvature of the cornea and other key features. Which is why every eye must be carefully measured and mapped prior to cataract surgery. While these measurements have been routinely performed prior to surgery, the LenSx laser uses a range of highly-advanced technologies including integrated optical coherence tomography (OCT) to capture incredibly precise, high resolution images of your eyes. These images and the measurements and data they provide are then used to plan and perform a surgery to exacting specifications not attainable with traditional surgery.
Computer control to ensure unmatched precision and accuracy every step of the way
The LenSx laser adds computer-control to key steps of cataract surgery which ensures the highest precision surgical incisions. Its unique software control system analyses high-resolution OCT images of your eye; helps the surgeon to design a customized procedure; and then, visualizes and performs the procedure on command from the surgeon! To further enhance accuracy, a patient interface connects your eye to the image-guided surgical unit, so that both the LenSx laser computer and the surgeon commanding it have incredibly precise, real-time images at all times during the laser procedure.
Advanced technology is designed specially for performing the delicate ocular surgery with precision.
In non-laser cataract surgery, the surgeon makes incisions and removes the old lens using traditional surgical instruments and blades. The LenSx laser performs several of the most critical steps of the surgical process with an image-guided femtosecond laser one of the most advanced devices of its kind. The LenSx laser uses a high-repetition rate femtosecond laser source to make all required corneal incisions; to break apart the old, cloudy lens; and to create a perfectly sized capsulotomy, which helps deliver excellent precision.
They re your eyes and you have options.
Cataract surgery using the LenSx laser s new technologies and modern innovation is technologically advanced option available, but it may not be right for you. Talk to your eye care professional about all available options before you decide how to proceed. In recommending a mode of cataract surgery and a cataract replacement lens, your eye care professional will take into account many aspects of your eye health. He or she will also consider your general health and lifestyle preferences.
The LenSx laser. An advanced technology. A customized solution.
When your sight is compromised, your life is compromised. Fortunately, improved methodology and most technologically advanced laser, like the LenSx precision based laser, or customized solution for your eyes. A safe, simple procedure that can literally change your lifestyle and your life. And ensure that you ll be able to enjoy the things that matter most from reading the paper to watching the sunset for years to come. Now that you know about the LenSx laser, ask your eye care professional for full details.