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Why Should You Consider Laser Cataract Surgery vs Traditional Cataract Surgery

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Laser Cataract Surgery offers a number of unique advantages over traditional cataract surgery.

More precise incisions that enhance post-operative healing.

In cataract surgery, like most types of surgery, the secret to better outcomes and

greater reproducibility is precision. The laser can create the necessary incisions in the cornea with extreme precision. The incisions created by the laser have a unique architecture and a more precise width which allows the incisions to seal better and the eye to heal better.

Improved reduction of astigmatism and better comfort.

In traditional cataract surgery, a series of incisions are made by the surgeon with a hand-held blade to reduce astigmatism. Using the laser, your surgeon can create incisions that are at a precise locatio, length, depth, and angle based on intraoperative imaging that uses OCT (optical coherence tomography), which provides higher resolution than an MRI. Because these incisions are created underneath the epithelium, the result is greater comfort during the healing process.

Potential for reduced dependency on glasses.

The laser can create a perfectly round central opening in the anterior capsule, which is located on the surface of the cataract. The opening in the anterior capsule can be centred over the line of vision, so when the intraocular lens is placed in the eye, it is held more firmly in place because of the uniform shape of the remaining capsule. With a more precise capsule opening there is less chance that the intraocular implant will vault forward, backward, or be tilted. This has been shown to result in better refractive outcomes and quality of vision.

Potential for clearer vision during the early postoperative period.

The laser is used to fragment or break the cataract into microscopic cubes before being removed primarily

with aspiration. Laser fragmentation results in the reduction or elimination of ultrasound energy that is typically used to break up a cataract. Less energy is safer for the long-term health of the cornea and may lead to clearer vision in the early postoperative period.

The surgeons at the Bochner Eye Institute are proud to be the first in Canada to offer Laser Cataract Surgery with the Catalys™ Precision Laser System.

Internationally, leading eye surgeons feel that this technology is the most significant advancement in cataract surgery in the past 50 years.

Traditional cataract surgery is considered one of the safest and most successful procedures performed in medicine today, although many of the steps are still performed with a surgical blade, a bent needle, or forceps.

Laser Cataract Surgery can automate these steps, adding a greater level of precision to the entire cataract procedure and potentially make surgery even safer and the results more predictable.

Using 3-dimensional imaging, we plan and customize the

entire procedure to the unique characteristics of your eye. The laser’s precision increases the likelihood of seeing well without glasses following surgery. At the Bochner Eye Institute, all patients can choose between Traditional Cataract Surgery (OHIP covered with a standard implant) and Laser Cataract Surgery. The cost of Laser Cataract Surgery with a premium IOL and astigmatism reduction is $3,500 per eye.

Laser Cataract Surgery has been shown to be easy for patients to undergo. There is minimal discomfort and patients generally experience a more rapid return of vision. The Catalys™ Precision Laser System was developed after 10 years of exhaustive engineering, research and testing. It is now approved in over 10 countries around the world including United States, England, Germany, France, Switzerland and Japan.

Laser Cataract Surgery has been shown to be easy for patients to undergo. There is minimal discomfort and patients generally experience a more rapid return of vision. The Catalys™ Precision Laser System was developed after 10 years of exhaustive engineering, research and testing. It is now approved in over 10 countries around the world including United States, England, Germany, France, Switzerland and Japan.



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