ROBOTIC FEMTO LASER CATARACT
Laser-assisted cataract surgery is now available to our cataract patients. This laser technology, called the femtosecond laser, has been used for years in creating the flap for LASIK eye surgery, but now, it is being used in cataract surgery. The femtosecond laser applies laser energy in an extremely short period of time, one trillionth of a second, so no significant heat is generated. The laser, guided by an advanced imaging system known as OCT, can create precise incisions, automating steps of cataract surgery that have traditionally been done manually with a surgical blade. The laser can also make corneal incisions to treat astigmatism. The computer-driven incisions are more precise and reproducible than what can be done manually by hand. For some patients, this new technology may make cataract surgery even safer.