Traditional: Traditional cataract surgery is performed by hand. Using a blade, the surgeon creates an incision in the cornea to allow access to the cataract. Using a hook shaped tool, he also creates an opening in the capsular bag that holds the natural lens in place. Once the bag is opened, the surgeon breaks the cloudy lens apart using ultrasonic energy and then removes the pieces. Once the cataract is removed, he implants the new prescription lens in its place. The small incision in the cornea generally seals automatically and doesn’t require stitches.
Laser Assisted: With laser assisted surgery, the surgeon uses our advanced Catalys Laser to create precise incisions, including a circular opening in the lens capsule to access and remove the cataract. This premium technology allows for more precise lens placement, therefore achieving more accurate visual outcomes. In contrast to the traditional ultrasound method, the Catalys Laser emulsifies the natural lens in an instant, which is less abrasive to the eye. Laser assisted technology also allows our surgeons to precisely reduce astigmatism, further improving post-surgery vision.