Traditional vs. Laser Cataract Surgery Gadsden and Etowah, Alabama

Laser Cataract Surgery uses a femtosecond laser to perform many of the surgical steps that were traditionally performed by hand. The precise, reproducible steps performed by the laser mean better lens positioning, less trauma to the eye, and more predictable visual results which are especially important with LifeStyle Lens Implants.

Laser Incisions vs. Blade Incisions

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Laser Incisions
Cataract surgery in Etowah and Gadsden, Alabama
Blade Incisions

To begin, a stair-step incision is created on the edge of the cornea with the laser instead of with a blade. The incision is self-sealing and rarely needs suturing.

Laser cataract surgery in Etowah and Gadsden, Alabama
Manual Capsulorhexis
Laser cataract surgery Gadsden, Alabama
Laser Capsulorhexis

The laser then creates an opening, “capsulorhexis”, in the thin capsular membrane that surrounds the natural lens to provide an opening to remove the cataract. Studies have shown that less than 10% of manual capsulorhexi, which are made with a bent or shaped needle, have been able to achieve the same accuracy that is produced with laser cataract surgery.

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Manual Dissection
No stitch cataract surgery Gadsden Eye Associates serving Etowah County.
Laser Dissection

The laser also softens the nucleus as it is divided into manageable pieces, thereby allowing the cataract to be removed using less ultrasound energy. This is beneficial because there is less inflammation during surgery, making the procedure less traumatic to the eye.