A cataract occurs when the natural lens in your eye becomes cloudy, making it harder for light to pass through your eye. Cataracts typically occur naturally as you age, and they often cause blurry vision, glare and rings of light known as halos - sometimes at night and while driving.
If you or someone you care for has been diagnosed with cataracts, you're certainly not alone - cataracts are a natural part of the aging process. You've likely noticed that the cloudy vision caused by cataracts can affect your ability to enjoy activities like knitting, playing cards, watching TV, reading and driving.
Cataract procedures are one of the most commonly performed surgeries in countries around the world. In fact, millions of patients are getting back to their favorite activities every year after the surgery. Many of them regain better vison with the help of the LenSx® Laser, which offers higher level of precision and predictability.
Thanks to advancements in technology, patients have more choice when deciding on cataract surgery. There is the traditional surgery route, or you can opt for the more advanced laser-assisted option using the LenSx® system for increased precision. See more information below:
Traditional Cataract Surgery
During cataract surgery, the surgeon makes an incision to the surface of the eye with a scalpel and sound waves are pushed through the lens to break it apart. Those lens pieces are removed via suction, and a new lens is placed into the eye via that same incision.
With laser surgery, the incision is made with a laser. In both cases, surgeries are performed by a skilled surgeons with years of experience. The major difference involves the tools they use as the surgery unfolds.
What is the LenSx® Procedure?
While our eyes all share the same basic anatomy, your eyes are unique when it comes to their size, depth, curvature and other key features. The LenSx® Laser allows your surgeon to plan and perform a cataract removal procedure that's completely customised for each of your eyes.
For more than a decade, femtosecond lasers have helped surgeons perform LASIK refractive surgery with precision and accuracy. Now the LenSx® Laser also brings accuracy and reproducibility to cataract surgery.
LenSx® Laser Procedure
The LenSx® femto Procedure applies the laser light to generate the necessary incision for cataract surgery. With the successful combination of our experienced surgeaons and our state-of-the-art technology we aim to provide the most precise and accurate results that work for each individual patient. The LenSx® femto laser surgery may also be able to better manage astigmatism than other types of cataract surgery.
The Benefits of LenSx® Procedure
Thanks to its many advantages, the LenSx® Procedure has been used in over one million cataract procedures to date. According to Alcon, the company that manufacture the machine, more than 3,500 surgeons in 67 countries have experience using this technology. Just some of the benefits include:
- A laser procedure that's personalised to your eyes
- Precise, reproducible performance
- Enhanced control and efficiency
- A customised procedure planned and performed for you by your surgeon
The Risks of LenSx® Procedure
The unique risks associated with LenSx® Laser are primarily related to laser docking interface difficulties, which may be reduced with increasing surgical experience with the procedure. The comparative adverse event risks of LenSx® Laser and conventional surgery were similar.
Some of the most common cataract surgery complications include:
- Persistent inflammation
- Ccular hypertension (also known as elevated intraocular pressure)
- Cystoid macular edema (a condition where retina at the back of the eye is swollen)
- Retinal detachment.
What are the costs?
Initial no obligation consultation, including full diagnostics from £200
Cataract Surgery is
£2,500 per eye for a Monofocal lens implant
£3,250 per eye for a Multifocal Lens implant
2 Free post-operative check-up appointments
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