Bladeless laser cataract surgery with LenSx is here!
It is a fact of life that as we get older, our vision worsens, with loss of sharpness and reduction in color perception. This can affect our ability to enjoy outdoor activities, drive, read, work, and much more. Cataracts are the most common cause of impaired vision as we get older.
A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens inside your eye that leads to a decrease in vision. We all get cataracts if we live long enough. When they are mild, no treatment is necessary. But when they begin to impair your ability to do the things you like to do, you may consider cataract surgery.
A new method of cataract surgery called “bladeless laser cataract surgery” is revolutionizing how surgeons perform cataract surgery. Using the FDA approved LenSx femtosecond laser, cataract surgeons perform several of the key steps of the surgery with more precision and less risk of complications.
The surgeon uses the LenSx laser system to create a 3-D map of the patient’s eye. This image is then used to direct a small laser beam to create precise incisions that would normally be made with a scalpel. The laser can also be used to correct astigmatism and improve vision after surgery. This can reduce a patient’s need for glasses after surgery.
The LenSx laser is also used to break up the cataract so that it can be aspirated through an incision smaller than 1/10 of an inch. By breaking up the cataract with the laser, the surgery is safer with less trauma, less risk of swelling, and faster recovery.
Insurance companies and Medicare cover regular cataract surgery with a standard lens. For patients who desire advanced options beyond basic cataract surgery, there are additional out-of-pocket expenses. These options include bladeless laser cataract surgery as well as the use of special lenses that correct for higher degrees of astigmatism and lenses that provide both distance and near vision (multifocal lenses).
Dr. Rutzen is proud to be the first surgeon in Anne Arundel County to perform this new type of cataract surgery.
Schedule an appointment now to find out if bladeless laser cataract surgery is right for you.