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CATARACT LASER SERVICE

EXCITING NEW TECHNOLOGY AVAILABLE IN ORANGE - A REGIONAL FIRST

Eye surgeons working out of the centre are able to  provide this new revolutionary surgical technique  for our patients undergoing cataract surgery. 

 

The Orange Surgery Centre  now has acquired a  state-of-the-art Laser device delivering technology that enables blade-free incisions to cut tissues with a precision that manual techniques struggle to match. Using computer-guided Femtosecond laser, this technique is now able to perform the early stages of cataract surgery. This is the only operating centre outside of any major city in Australia to have this technology available.

 
Frequently asked questions:
  • What is laser assisted cataract surgery? 
  • What are the advantages of Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery?
  • What is the difference between the two techniques?
Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is one of the most common operations performed worldwide and through extensive development and technological advances has also become one of the safest and most successful operations that exists in modern medicine.

 

Until the early 1990’s it was an entirely manual procedure with the natural lens removed through a large incision, which was then sutured following intraocular lens (IOL) implantation.

 

In the 1990's phacoemulsification technology was introduced to Australia, where the cataract was removed mechanically through a small incision, using an ultrasound driven probe, with the implantation of a foldable IOL. Over the last 20 years improvements in phacoemulsification machines, along with IOL materials and designs, have seen a refinement in the procedure resulting in the high quality surgery that is now commonplace in Australia. However, despite these advances, and even in the best of hands, there has still been a degree of variability in outcomes which it is desirable to reduce further.

 

Cataract surgery in Australia has taken a significant step forward in its evolution with the arrival of the Alcon LenSx Femtosecond Laser for cataract surgery. This exciting new technology uses a computer guided Femtosecond laser to perform the early stages of the cataract operation, enabling blade-free cataract surgery that cuts the tissues with a degree of precision that manual techniques struggle to match.

 

Femtosecond laser technology has already been well proven in Refractive Laser Eye Surgery for nearly 10 years with well over 1 million procedures preformed to date.

The LenSx Femtosecond Laser is based on this technology and is the first available in Australia with FDA and TGA approval for cataract surgery.

Advantages of Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery

Results from early clinical studies in the USA and Europe already indicate the benefits of the technology in a number of areas:

 

  • Reproducability and strength of the Laser Capsulotomy (the opening in the front of the lens)

  • More precise and potentially safer wounds in the front of the eye.

  • Lens division by laser it is felt, will deliver less invasive surgery and less damage to the endothelium (the delicate inner layer of the cornea) leading to quicker visual recovery

 

Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery has the promise to be the next evolution in cataract surgery with improved visual outcomes, quicker recovery, better control of astigmatism (distortion of the front of the eye) and improved safety. These are goals both surgeons and patients will value and with further clinical research this technology could become the next gold standard for cataract surgery.

Advantages of Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery

Traditional Phacoemulsification

  • Surgeon manually cuts the main and side port incisions with a blade

  • Surgeon manually tears an opening in the front of the lens to gain access to the lens

  • Surgeon divides the lens manually with an ultrasonic probe

  • Surgeon aspirates the lens with an ultrasonic probe and suction

  • Intraocular lens (IOL) is inserted by the surgeon

Laser Guided Cataract Extraction

  • The Femtosecond laser cuts the incisions

  • The Femtosecond laser cuts the opening    

  • The Femtosecond laser divides the lens           

  • Surgeon aspirates the lens with an ultrasonic probe and suction

  • Intraocular lens (IOL) is inserted by the surgeon