LenSx – Laser Cataract Surgery

The Cataract Surgeons

Dr. Coleman performing Cataract SurgeryTechnology has improved the safety and outcomes of cataract surgery. In traditional cataract surgery, several small incisions are made manually with a blade and a manual technique is used to break up the cataract. Our surgeons were the first in Louisiana to offer the newest LenSx technology with laser-assisted cataract surgery.

An image-guided femtosecond laser allows our surgeons to make incisions with efficiency and precision without the use of a blade. The laser also assists in breaking up the cataract so that removal of this cloudy lens requires less ultrasound energy, which is easier on the eye. This new laser technology also allows for better management of our patient’s corneal astigmatism. This technique is available only with the premium lens implants, which ensures the best visual outcome for our patients.

Our goal through this latest technology of laser-assisted cataract surgery along with premium lens implants is to increase the likelihood of patients not needing glasses following their cataract surgery.

Why LenSx® Laser Cataract Surgery is a Better Option

From the first incision to recovery, LenSx® serves as a superior alternative to traditional cataract surgery. A form of laser cataract surgery, LenSx® uses modern technology to make the process less intensive and more precise while providing benefits almost immediately.

Traditional cataract surgery relies on the surgeon’s steady hands and deep concentration to make the first cut into the eye. If the surgeon’s mark is off, they may need to extend the incision. This larger cut will often require stitches to help close it. These stitches will remain on the eye for at least a week.

LenSx®, though, uses micro-images of your eye to help the surgeon find the ideal incision spot. They can then use a laser to make a small, accurate cut.

Furthermore, LenSx® only needs half the ultrasonic energy of traditional cataract surgery to help remove the damaged lens. This makes surgery less painful and incurs less trauma and inflammation.

Because of its sophisticated computer mapping process, LenSx® can also insert the new lens, called an intraocular lens, more efficiently and accurately than typical cataract surgery. This makes recovery easier, with vision improving almost immediately after the surgery and without the added pain, discomfort, and other side effects of previous lens replacement processes.

LenSx® FAQ

How does the LenSx® laser work?

How does the LenSx® laser work?

LenSx® simplifies what was once the most difficult part of cataract eye surgery: making incisions in the eye. Instead of relying on a surgeon to identify where to cut and use a blade to do so, the LenSx® system provides real-time imaging to the surgeon, making it easier to find the best spots to make incisions. The surgeon then uses the LenSx® laser to make precise cuts where needed.

What is a femtosecond laser?

What is a femtosecond laser?

Femtosecond lasers were originally used to perform LASIK surgery. It can shoot pulses of light that last for incredibly small fractions of time, around one-millionth of a billionth of a second. This makes the femtosecond laser amazingly accurate, predictable, and safe.

Will insurance cover this procedure like most cataract surgeries?

Will insurance cover this procedure like most cataract surgeries?

Traditional cataract surgery is usually covered by public and private health insurers. If you’re not sure if your health insurance carrier covers cataract surgery, make sure to reach out to them and ask.

As LenSx® is a premium procedure, there’s typically an out-of-pocket fee you’ll need to pay. This fee can vary based on a variety of factors, and you should be provided with a specific price during your consultation.

What are the complications associated with the LenSx® laser??

What are the complications associated with the LenSx® laser?

As with any procedure, it’s possible for complications to arise during this procedure. However, the process and system are designed and calibrated to offer higher levels of safety than traditional surgery options.

What are the advantages of the LenSx® laser vs. traditional cataract surgery?

What are the advantages of the LenSx® laser vs. traditional cataract surgery?

There are three primary advantages of using LenSx®:

  • The laser is more precise than a blade.
  • It’s less invasive, so it minimizes risk.
  • It offers more control to the surgeon due to its real-time imagery.

What should a patient expect after surgery?

What should a patient expect after surgery?

You should expect improved vision almost immediately after surgery. This improved vision will free you from glasses, contact lenses, or other corrective eyewear.

Furthermore, because the procedure replaces the clouded lens with a new, artificial one, the problem of blurry vision caused by cataracts is completely resolved. Any progressive vision loss caused by cataracts will also cease immediately upon completion of the procedure.

It should be noted that there may be some redness on the eye for around a week afterward. This redness is common in many patients and should not cause any pain.

How long does the LenSx® laser procedure take?

How long does the LenSx® laser procedure take?

The length of the procedure will depend on the nature of the patient’s cataracts. Complex cases may take longer, but the entire procedure usually lasts no longer than 10 minutes.