What is Laser Cataract Surgery?
In India, many people are suffering from cataract, according to a report ! A cataract is an eye disease which blocks your good vision because of a cloud-like substance forms in your focusing lens. The most common reasons for having cataract varies but it can be anyone or a combination of few factors, such as- age, tissue damage or even genetic disorder. So, before beginning further, let us first see, what is laser cataract surgery?
Laser Cataract Surgery
Laser cataract surgery is also commonly known as Femto Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery (FLACS). For people to understand better, it’s a very advanced type of cataract surgery which utilizes the state-of-the-art Femto Second laser Semi-Robotic technology. This type of treatment with the modern instruments and technology brings a whole new level of accuracy to steps in the process of cataract surgery that was traditionally being performed with the help of hand-held surgical tools.
Lens & Cataract Fragmentation
In most of the cases, cataract surgery is treated without any possible complication. Though in some eyes, the cataract cannot be removed completely, and bits and fragments of the cataract might fall back into the eye from where they can’t be carefully extracted by a cataract surgeon. Even the most adept eye surgeons have this happened in their life at least once. The stakes are higher when the cataract is hard or if injury or any other condition have spoiled the attachment of the lens to the inner eyewall. So, it is highly recommended to use modern instruments during the treatment for damage control.
Astigmatism correction at the time of cataract surgery
There are numerous options for treating and correcting astigmatism during the time of cataract surgery. It generally include incision which is placed on the vertical axis of corneal astigmatism which can be a single or paired peripheral corneal relaxing incisions, and Toric intraocular lens implantation. Also, for your information, Phacoemulsification incision placement on the steep corneal axis corrects small amounts of astigmatism and is enough for most eyes but, peripheral corneal relaxing incisions correct greater amounts of astigmatism.
Can cataracts be removed by laser surgery? Yes, a cataract can be removed with the help of laser eye surgery! There are state-of-the-art eye care technologies such as the CATALYS® precision laser cataract removal system and the FemtoSecond Laser for the ReLEx SMILE used for near sightedness (Myopia) procedure which is minimally invasive in nature. During the ReLEx SMILE surgery, there is no need to flap the cornea and the patients recover quickly when compare to traditional surgical methods. It is safer and includes lesser post-surgical care and medication as well.
Cost of laser cataract surgery
The cost of laser cataract surgery is highly variable; the minimum treatment cost would be Rs. 10000 per eye and if you want some special type of international lenses, it will cost more, such as- Rs. 25000 to 40000 per eye.
Benefits of laser cataract surgery
- Custom-tailored treatment with advanced 3D imaging
- 100% precise in nature
- An easier and gentler cataract-removal surgery with lesser ultrasound energy
- More options for astigmatism correction
- Better vision following the cataract surgery
Is laser cataract surgery better than conventional?
Without a doubt, laser cataract surgery is better than the conventional method! In traditional cataract surgery, the incisions are made inside the cornea for accessing the cataract using a single-used and handheld steel or diamond blade. The eye surgeon will then utilize a specialized microsurgical tool to generate an opening in the lenscapsule which holds the cataract and after all this, the surgery will be done.
When it comes to laser cataract surgery, the incisions are made with precision lasers which are also used to make a precise cut opening into the lens capsule. In addition, the laser beam is used to soften the cataract before removal.
So, in short, laser cataract surgery is better and safer in all situations.
How long does laser cataract surgery last?
A Laser cataract surgery generally takes no longer than 30-40 seconds and about 10 minutes for completion. Just immediately after the surgery, you can rest in a recovery area for some time. Typically, the whole procedure from procedure to rest in recovery area consumes about 30 minutes to an hour, max.