Laser Cataract Surgery
Laser Cataract Surgery was first performed in the United States using a femtosecond laser in February of 2010. Since that time, Laser Cataract Surgery has been quickly adopted by cataract surgeons all over the world as their procedure of choice. Doctors Biggs and French are leading surgeons in the Detroit Metropolitan area and one of the first to offer this procedure in Oakland County. We are only one of two centers in Southeastern Michigan to have the complete Alcon Lens X surgical system including the ORA and Verion Image Guided Systems. Its acceptance is primarily due to the lasers’ ability to consistently perform several of the most critical steps in cataract surgery with improved precision and accuracy unachievable with manual surgical techniques.
Oakland Eye Care has invested in the LenSx® Femtosecond Laser . The precise, reproducible steps performed by the LenSx® laser means better lens positioning, less trauma to the eye and more predictable visual results; things that are especially important if you want to reduce or eliminate your dependence on glasses with one of the advanced IOLs we offer.
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.
The laser then creates an opening called a “capsulorhexis” in the thin capsular membrane that surrounds the natural lens. This opening provides access to remove the natural lens. Studies have shown that less than 10% of manual capsulorhexis have been able to achieve the same accuracy that is produced with Laser Cataract Surgery.
In order to remove the cataract, the lens must be softened and divided into manageable sections. This critical step is also performed by the laser, which causes less stress to the delicate fibers surrounding the capsular membrane that holds the lens in place.
After the natural lens is removed, the IOL of your choice is positioned inside the eye.