Premium cataract surgery method
Brand new at our practice – treatment with the sophisticated LenSx laser
Most of the steps required for a cataract operation can now be carried out with the help of a laser. This procedure is gentle and extremely precise, as it is computer-controlled.
LenSx laser procedure
The source of laser used in the procedure uses femtosecond impulses, which are sent accurately to the precisely determined position in the eye. All surgical processes are carried out with computer-controlled precision. In order to obtain even more accurate results, an integrated scanner links your eye to the image-guided operating unit, so that both the LenSx laser computer and the surgeon controlling it receive precise real-time images at all times during the laser surgery.
Eye laser reference centre
Since 2014, our DOmed eye clinic Westfalen is one of only a few reference centres in Germany. In the past, our clinic has been repeatedly appointed as reference centre for FEMTO LASIK and FEMTO cataract surgery by the company Alcon/WaveLight ®, most recently in 2019.
Advantages of the LenSx laser compared to conventional instruments
Surgery performed without laser technology requires incisions in the eye and the use of conventional instruments and scalpels. The LenSx laser carries out the most important steps of the operation via image-guided femtosecond laser – one of the most modern instruments of its kind; it uses ultrashort laser pulses to perform the required incisions to the cornea, create an access to the natural lens and gently reduce it – while carrying out all steps with highest precision.
Advantages of laser cataract surgery
- The laser enables more precise incisions to the cornea (without a blade)
- Higher stability of the eye
- Precision does not depend on external factors
- More precise opening of the anterior lens capsule
- Video monitoring in real time
- High-resolution OCT control during treatment
- 40 % less ultrasonic energy required for removing the natural lens
- Simultaneous correction of astigmatism is possible
- More exact planning of the surgical procedure and result
- More precise alignment of the artificial lens for a better vision
These steps of the operation are all performed by the femtosecond laser
Capsulorhexis (opening the lens capsule):
The femtosecond laser means that capsulorhexis can now be reproduced exactly. With this method, it occurs much less often that the artificial lens implanted in the capsular sac jumps out again (luxation) or becomes decentred or tilted. This in turn, increases the predictability and quality of post-surgical vision. And also lacerations to the anterior lens capsule occur less frequently, ensuring even higher operational safety and reliability.
Performance of corneal incisions:
The femtosecond laser enables precisely reproducible multi-stage tunnel incisions which seal up better than manual incisions. This reduces the risk of infection while also increasing operational safety and reliability.
Reduction of the lens nucleus (nucleus fragmentation):
When dealing with a less hard nucleus, the femtosecond laser can break up the nucleus of the lens into tiny fragments, which then merely need to be sucked off. In case of a harder nucleus, the nucleus can be fragmented with a laser and then sucked off with reduced phaco power.
Correction of astigmatism:
The manual correction of astigmatism is – if done at all – extremely inaccurate. In this case, the femtosecond laser offers far better results. This is in particular very important when working with multifocal lenses, as these only produce good results in case of postoperative emmetropia.
The exchange of lenses with the femtosecond laser is safer, more precise and produces better optional results.