If you or someone you care for has been diagnosed with cataracts, you’re certainly not alone.
The risk of cataract increases with each decade of life starting around age 40. By age 75, half of white Americans have cataract. By age 80, 70 percent of whites have cataract compared with 53 percent of blacks and 61 percent of Hispanic Americans. From 2000 to 2010, the number of cataract cases in the U.S. rose by 20 percent, from 20.5 million to 24.4 million.1
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 golfing.
The good news is cataract procedures are one of the most commonly performed surgeries in the U.S., with more than 3 million taking place each year.
It’s no wonder that the LenSx® Laser is used in more cataract surgeries worldwide than any other femtosecond laser. The system’s evolving technology has been used in more than 400,000 cataract refractive procedures worldwide. In fact, more than 3,500 surgeons are trained to use the system in 67 countries.2
The benefits are numerous:
- Enhanced procedure automation
- Precise and customizable incision architecture
- Pristine capsulotomies
- Versatile fragmentation patterns
- Simple and efficient one-piece patient interface
- Innovative, high-definition OCT technology
What exactly is cataract surgery?
Thanks to innovative medical advances, cataract surgery is a common outpatient procedure. The goal of the operation is to break the cloudy cataract-affected lens into easily removable pieces, remove those pieces and insert an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) in place of the natural lens.
Traditionally, surgeons accomplished this by making tiny incisions in the eye using a surgical knife. Today, patients like you have a choice: There’s manual surgery, and there are also bladeless procedures assisted by advanced laser technology. The LenSx® Laser, for example, offers image guidance for predictability and enhanced precision.
What exactly is the LenSx® Laser?
While our eyes all share the same basic anatomy, your eyes are totally unique when it comes to their size, depth, curvature and other key features. The LenSx® Laser allows your surgeon to plan and perform a procedure that’s completely customized for each of your eyes.
For more than a decade, femtosecond lasers have helped surgeons perform LASIK with unparalleled precision and accuracy. Now the LenSx® Laser brings advanced accuracy and reproducibility to cataract surgery.
Before your procedure
The technology behind the LenSx® Laser captures high-resolution images of your eyes. These images yield precise measurements and data that help your surgeon plan and
perform a procedure to exacting specifications.
During your procedure
The LenSx® Laser system’s advanced imaging helps your surgeon automate and execute the most challenging steps of traditional cataract surgery.
After your procedure
The LenSx® Laser is designed to increase the precision of cataract surgery. Many patients experience improved vision after two weeks, and they approach optimal vision between two and four months after their procedure.3
Medicare and private insurance typically cover some of the costs of cataract surgery. However, there may be out-of-pocket expenses involved because of the premium nature of a laser-assisted cataract procedure. Even so, many patients still choose laser-assisted cataract refractive surgery.
1 “Cataracts.” nei.nih.gov. National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Eye Institute. (Update not available) [Accessed November 11, 2015]
2 Retrieved from www.myalcon.com. (Update not available) [Accessed November 11, 2015]
3 Retrieved from www.myalcon.com. (Update not available) [Accessed November 11, 2015]