New Laser Makes Cataract Surgery Safer and More Accurate Advances in laser cataract surgery aim to improve

patient safety and satisfactio n. A new laser method reduces both the time and amount of power needed to remove the lens pieces. Less power and time translate to a more successful surgery wit h less complications and faster recovery time for the patient.

New York, NY, January 03, 2011 -- Cataract surgery is the process of removing an d replacing the eyeâ⠬⠢s natural lens with an implant. The natural lens needs to be rep as it becomes cloudy with age; this cloudiness is known as a cataract. Cataract s are currently the most common cause of vision loss in adults over 55 years of age. By the age of 65, approximately half of the population has a cataract. Cata ract surgery is currently one of the most commonly performed surgeries in the wo rld. New advances in laser technology will allow for more accurate, less invasiv e cataract surgeries with an even shorter recovery period. Cataract surgery is performed by an ophthalmologist or eye surgeon and consists of five main steps. The first step in the surgical procedure is to make a small incision into the cornea, the clear part at the front of the eye. Next, a small tool is inserted which the surgeon uses to make a hole in the bag which contains the natural lens. Once this hole is made, the surgeon will break up the natural lens into pieces and remove the pieces with an ultrasound probe. Finally, a new lens implant is placed in the eye. In laser cataract surgery, many of the steps in the procedure can be assisted wi th a new laser technology known as femtosecond laser. The incision into the corn ea and the hole in the bag containing the lens can both be performed with the la ser, rather than with hand-held instruments. Using the laser for these steps mak es them more accurate, safe and reproducible. Studies have shown that incisions into the cornea made by laser will close more tightly after the surgery than tho se made by hand; leading to lower rates of infection after surgery. Despite the fact that modern cataract surgery (as well as lasik surgery) takes o nly a matter of minutes, the majority of complications that occur are related to how long the surgery takes and how much power is needed by the ultrasound probe to remove the natural lens. The breaking up of the lens into pieces can also be done with this new laser rather than with the probe. Studies have shown that th is method reduces both the time and amount of power needed to remove the lens pi eces. Less power and time translate to a more successful surgery with less compl ications and faster recovery time for the patient. In addition to helping with the surgery itself, this new laser technology can ev en help manage an additional procedure sometimes done if the patient has a condi tion known as astigmatism. Astigmatism can be reduced or eliminated with an addi tional incision into the cornea during the surgery. This incision can also be pe rformed using the laser rather than by hand, yielding more accurate and reproduc ible results with lower rates of infection. The first laser cataract surgery was performed in the U.S. in March of 2010. The re are already several companies developing laser systems specifically for laser cataract surgery. While laser cataract surgery is still in an experimental phas e, the lasers used in the procedure are already FDA approved. Many surgeons agre e that laser cataract surgery will soon become a widely used technique due to it s benefits of safety, accuracy and reduced recovery time. Learn more about this procedure at About World Class Lasik 5th Avenue Eye Center offers the safest, most accurate LASIK solutions available in New York. Dr. Ilan Cohen has performed thousands of successful laser procedu

res in New York, including on his own wife and other family members. Contact: Ilan Cohen World Class Lasik 5th Avenue Eye Center New York, NY 2074628901