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Femto cataract (Procedure time – results – Recovery time)

Femto cataract (Procedure time – results – Recovery time)

Femto cataract and How is it different than traditional cataract surgery?

 Cataract surgery has taken a new turn with the introduction of Femto-cataract technology. It has enhanced the levels of safety, predictability, and accuracy of the outcome of the cataract surgery.

What is Femtosecond laser?

A femtosecond is the term of time unit that is equivalent to one quadrillionth of a second!

This is how fast the laser energy beams of femtosecond laser devices bursts.

These pulses can break tissues at molecular levels without damaging their neighboring tissues!

How does femtosecond laser benefit in laser cataract surgeries?

Femtosecond lasers can replace and/or assist the use of handheld surgical tools in any /all of the following steps:

  1. Corneal incision
  2. Anterior capsulotomy ( breaking down the front part of the capsule holding the damaged lens)
  3. Lens fragmentation. (Defragmenting the damaged lens).

This laser improves the precision level of each of these steps

Making the risks of damage, inflammation, inaccuracy of fragmentation almost obsolete.

This highly improves the predictability thus the visual outcome of the surgery.

More details about femtosecond cataract surgery

Step 1: corneal incision

Starting with the corneal incision, the ophthalmologist (eye surgeon) uses a metallic blade to

create the incision that allows access to the inside of the eye.

When using femtosecond laser in this step we decrease the risk of inaccuracy,

bleeding and inflammation allowing for a better healing process.

With the help of the state of the art 3D technology and the use of femtosecond laser,

the surgeon can perform the incision with the highest standards of accuracy independent of his experience!

This allows the incision to self-heal and decrease the risk of inflammation and infection.

Step 2: capsulotomy

reaching the clouded lens (cataract), opening the capsule that

holds it in place and removing the damaged lens.

When using femtosecond laser in this step, we allow minimal damage to surrounding

tissue! Because we need the remainder of the lens capsule to hold the artificial intraocular lens in place forever.

Also, the use of femtosecond laser in this step allows better stability positioning and centering of the IOL

adding great value to the final visual acuity!

Step 3: Cataract Fragmentation!

Using femtosecond laser in this step (Femto-cataract) allows the surgeon

to use the minimal incision size possible to allow the device of phaco-emulsification to break down the cataract!

Softening the cataract as it breaks up into smaller pieces so less energy is used

to remove it thus decreasing the risk for incision distortion!

Femto cataract in a glance

  • Procedure time: almost 20 minutes
  • results: long-lasting clear vision ( after insertion of IOL)
  • Recovery time: less than a month.

As we can see after this article, femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgeries

also known as Femto cataract can hugely help in all steps of cataract surgery allowing

for more accuracy, better healing, and predictable visual outcome!


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