Cataract treatment is typically performed on people aged 55 and over. This short operation, performed using local anesthetic, removes the cloudy lens and inserts a permanent transparent artificial lens in its place. The innovative nature of this treatment is in using a laser rather than a scalpel to create an incision in the lens capsule. Furthermore, the creation of the tiny slit in the cornea, through which the cloudy lens is extracted and the artificial lens inserted, is performed with maximum precision in accordance with the curvature of the cornea. The surgical procedure utilizes the extremely sophisticated LenSx laser system, developed and manufactured by Alcon, the American medical device company.
Advantages of Laser Cataract Removal:
* Maximum accuracy in creating the incision in the lens capsule guarantees precise, central location of the artificial lens. * Maximum accuracy in creating the slit in the cornea in accordance with the corneal curvature. * The highest level of safety for cataract surgery. * This surgical method allows, for the first time, one surgery to include the removal of the cataract, repair of the eye's refractive state, and correction of astigmatism. * Easy removal of the cloudy lens while significantly reducing injury to the endothelial cells in the cornea, and therefore reducing the risk of developing post-surgical edema. * Fewer complications in complex cataract surgeries due to the stages performed by laser. * The surgery is performed under local anesthetic with sedative eye drops. * The patient does not experience pain during the surgery.
Who is Suitable for this Surgery?
The surgery is suitable for patients suffering from cataracts due to changes that occur in the lens due to age, as well as young people who have developed cataracts due to traumatic eye injuries or drug treatments.
The Most Advanced Lenses
At Atidim Medical Center, it is not only the cataract removal surgery that is performed using the most advanced technology. The implanted lens itself is chosen from a selection of the most advanced lenses currently available, in accordance with the patient's visual acuity and personal preferences.
An artificial monofocal lens corrects eyesight for either near or distance vision. If the patient is given clear distance vision, he may require reading glasses following the surgery. One method for overcoming dependency on glasses is to adjust the dominant eye for clear distance vision, while leaving the other eye with clear near vision. However, not every patient succeeds in adjusting to this difference between the eyes, and therefore the depth perception of some patients can be adversely affected.
The most revolutionary innovation in cataract surgery in recent years has been the implantation of multifocal lenses, which offer the patient the ability to clearly see at all distances in each eye, as well as reducing dependence on reading glasses after the surgery. Each lens is manufactured using precise calculations and advanced technological equipment. The resulting inner lens is a quality product, and the best solution for those undergoing cataract surgery who wish to improve their vision and quality of life.
Even though cataracts, shortsightedness, and farsightedness can be resolved through the implantation of a regular inner eye lens, patients who also suffer from astigmatism will still require glasses. They may also require additional surgical intervention. Astigmatism is caused by abnormal curvature of the cornea (or the lens), so that the surface of the cornea resembles a rugby ball more than a soccer ball. This asymmetry is called "corneal astigmatism", which results in blurry vision and other vision problems due to the eye being unable to focus an image on the retina, as happens in normal sight. Corneal astigmatism can be measured using different imaging techniques, such as topographical mapping of the cornea, which presents information regarding the regularity or irregularity of the entire cornea. Today, the best and most recommended treatment for cataract patients who also suffer from astigmatism is the implantation of a Toric IOL lens, which allows astigmatism to be corrected in the most comfortable way for the patient, with very high success rates. The lens reduces or completely eliminates corneal astigmatism, and also replaces the natural lens. This lens gives the patient improved vision quality and reduces dependency on glasses.
Laser Cataract Surgeries