LenSx® Femtosecond Laser
The LenSx® laser is designed to provide patients with an optimized refractive cataract surgery experience. Traditionally, cataract surgeries have been performed manually where the surgeon uses a blade to create all of the incisions during the procedure. With the introduction of the first FDA cleared Custom Cataract laser, the LenSx® femtosecond cataract laser, eye surgeons at The Eye Institute of Utah now have the ability to create incisions and reduce astigmatism with a laser. These incisions are more accurate and precise, thus eliminating some of the variables that have complicated cataract surgery results in the past. Recent results show that the laser is up to 10x more precise than manual techniques for portions of the cataract surgery. By being more accurate and precise, outcomes are more predictable. Recent results indicate that patients have a 59%1 better chance at seeing 20/20 or better with the LenSx® procedure vs. manual blade incisions.
There are additional benefits in using the laser that also help us during your procedure. Prior to cataract surgery, we perform a number of tests and take many different measurements in order to properly plan your surgery. While these measurements are always performed prior to surgery, the LenSx® laser adds benefit by using 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 used to plan and perform a surgery that was not previously attainable with traditional technology.
The LenSx® Femtosecond Laser is utilized by Dr. Robert Cionni, Dr. Alan Crandall, Dr. Darcy Wolsey, and Dr. Zachary Zavodni to provide individually customized laser cataract surgery. The Eye Institute of Utah received the first commercial blade-free femtosecond cataract laser in the Western U.S. in February of 2011. Our doctors have performed more than 3,000 cataract procedures with the LenSx® laser.
1 Guttman Krader C. Study: Effective lens position advances accuracy Femtosecond laser brings greater refractive predictability into hands of cataract surgeons. Ophthalmology Times. January 2012